Tribal Natural Resources Management

Rural Alaskan communities are actively seeking strategies to provide greater food and energy security and sustainability for their people. The tribal natural resources management (TNRM) capacity building has been identified as a pressing need amongst community leaders and partner organizations at local, regional and statewide levels to address the sustainability, health, and well-being of rural communities who rely upon subsistence resources economically, physically, and culturally. Management of traditional lands and resources by outside agencies greatly impacts access to, and the availability of, the natural resources that have sustained these communities for centuries. Local natural resources management plans can provide rural communities with a tool to meaningfully participate in decision-making related to the sustainable management of their natural resources, namely food, water, and energy resources.


TNRM programming and curriculum will focus on building local capacity, knowledge, and skills to address these needs. The TNRM planning courses will provide local residents with information to prioritize: the protection of local subsistence food and energy resources; the development of sustainable food and energy resources; and development proposals in relation to their impact upon water resources, ecology of traditional lands, and food and forest resources.

These courses will provide practical instruction on: coordinating and facilitating multiple stakeholders in the planning process; identifying land ownership, status, and restrictions; determining appropriate and desirable use of lands and resources; and developing land use plans that delineate use and provide status for those designations.

Project faculty will provide technical assistance and guidance to the service communities, as a part of, and beyond, the two courses. Faculty will again travel to participating communities to further develop local natural resources management plans. Coursework will also provide opportunities for students to engage with their communities through meetings/workshops and seeking input from stakeholders including Elders, to shape the planning process.


Tribal Management (TM) has been identified by the State of Alaska as a High Needs Job Degree Area. TM was developed, and continues to evolve, in response to the educational needs of rural Alaska and Alaska Native peoples and communities. TM has a strong collaborative relationship with Alaska Tribal Governments and works with them to identify the education and skills needed for local employment with the ability to influence and guide decisions on resources that impact their daily lives. This project meets rural student, community, and industry needs by providing academic programs with culturally appropriate instruction that parallels lifestyles. The UAF Interior-Alaska Campus uses blended distance delivery methods that include online course content, audio delivery, video conferencing, place-based classes/workshops at rural sites, and face-to-face intensive training in Fairbanks. These methods will be incorporated as appropriate for project courses. For more information about the Tribal Management program, please click here.


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