Board postpones meeting on ''rural'' determination

Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has postponed a meeting it had scheduled for next month to begin the process of determining which parts of Alaska should be considered rural.

Under federal subsistence regulations, rural residents are given a priority to harvest fish and wildlife.

The federal government decided in 1990 which areas of Alaska could be considered rural. The board is required to review those rural determinations after each census.

The board contracted with the University of Alaska's Institute of Social and Economic Research to develop a method for making rural determinations.

A peer review of the proposed methods for making that determination is expected to be completed in the spring. The board will announce a revised public meeting schedule for the issue after the peer review is completed.

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