High Latitude Range Management

Graphic of a reindeer over a grid globeThe Northwest Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks is located in Nome, Alaska, on the Seward Peninsula some 600 miles northwest of Anchorage. Viable populations of reindeer, caribou, muskoxen and moose inhabit the wilderness surrounding Nome. Local people have a substantial traditional ecological knowledge base. However, there is a lack of training in land management particularly surrounding the different rules and regulations of various state/federal agencies and Native Corporations.  

The 30-credit High Latitude Range Management (HLRM) Certificate Program is designed to support the management of local natural resources with an emphasis on reindeer production.  Course instruction primarily involves range management and reindeer husbandry but also includes topics such as logistics, business skills, report writing, meat production, and traditional arts and crafts.  A variety of teaching methods are used including traditional lectures, experiential methods, field trips and laboratory sessions. In addition, students have the option of pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree after earning their certificates.

More information: HLRM Academics

Contact: Barb Amarok, Director, UAF Northwest Campus (907) 443-8402 | bjamarok@alaska.edu

Mariah Morgan, Office Manager (907) 443-8428 | mpmorgan3@alaska.edu

Jackie Hrabok-Leppäjärvi, Assistant Professor (907) 443-8412 | jhrabok@alaska.edu

Reindeer leather crafting student with instruction by Dr. Jackie Hrabok-Leppäjärvi from Sami Education Institute in Inari, Finland.  Corralling of Midnite Sun Reindeer Ranch reindeer owned/operated by HLRM graduates, Bruce and Ann Davis in March 2017.

Left Photo:  Reindeer leather crafting student with instruction by Dr. Jackie Hrabok-Leppäjärvi from Sami Education Institute in Inari, Finland.

Right Photo:  Corralling of Midnite Sun Reindeer Ranch reindeer owned/operated by HLRM graduates, Bruce and Ann Davis in March 2017.