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ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott today praised U.S. Department of the Interior’s announcement that Secretary Sally Jewell appointed Anthony Christianson of Hydaburg to Chair of the Federal Subsistence Board in Alaska.
“As a life-long Alaskan with deep personal knowledge and experience with subsistence needs and policies, Anthony is an excellent selection to lead the Federal Subsistence Board,” Governor Walker said. “Subsistence and wildlife management are deeply important in Alaska, and I commend Secretary Jewell for appointing an individual who can effectively represent the interests of varied stakeholders.”
Lt. Governor Mallott agreed: “Anthony is the perfect choice to chair the Federal Subsistence Board. He has contributed his life to working with and for Alaska Native peoples and the community of Hydaburg to make Alaska an even better place to live. His previous experience as a representative of rural Alaskans on the Board indicates that he will bring a needed and important perspective to its continued critical work.”
The Federal Subsistence Board of Alaska was established in the early 1990s, and is comprised of the Alaska directors of the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and two public members appointed by the Secretary of the Interior with the concurrence of the Secretary of Agriculture. The Board administers the Federal Subsistence Management Program, which provides priority access for rural residents of Alaska to subsistence uses of fish and game resources on federal lands and waters.