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The National Park Service Jan. 12 published final regulations allowing federal subsistence users in Alaska to collect and use non-edible animal parts and plants for the making and selling of handicrafts.
Subsistence users can now collect non-edible animal parts and plants 011817 AE 1 Capital City Weekly The National Park Service Jan. 12 published final regulations allowing federal subsistence users in Alaska to collect and use non-edible animal parts and plants for the making and selling of handicrafts.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Story last updated at 1/18/2017 - 1:21 pm

Subsistence users can now collect non-edible animal parts and plants

The National Park Service Jan. 12 published final regulations allowing federal subsistence users in Alaska to collect and use non-edible animal parts and plants for the making and selling of handicrafts.

Regulations had not allowed people to collect plants for sale or trade, or to collect and use animal parts such as antlers that had been naturally shed or that came from naturally occurring deaths. The new regulations make those practices legal for NPS qualified subsistence users under most circumstances. The proposal for the regulation came in response to requests by several Subsistence Resource Commissions, groups formed under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), to help guide subsistence management in national parks.

The rule will allow NPS-qualified local rural residents to collect and use non-edible animal parts and plant materials for the creation and subsequent disposition (use, barter, or sale) of handicrafts in accordance with ANILCA.

The regulations also include two restrictions not specifically related to subsistence collections. The rule limits the types of bait that may be used for taking bears under Federal Subsistence Regulations to native fish or wildlife remains that exist from natural mortality or remains not required to be salvaged from a lawful harvest. This would eliminate items such as dog food, grease, bread, marshmallows, etc. which are currently allowed and commonly used. One exception is if the superintendent of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve issues a permit there allowing it. The second provision clarifies that people cannot generally trap or catch live wildlife.