Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: The Youth Area Watch has been a popular and successful project, probably the most successful of the EVOS projects in terms of encouraging and facilitating positive participation in the affected communities. The proposers seek what would be a seventh year of funding for this project. However, they have done a good job of obtaining supplemental or alternative funding and are cognizant of the need to continue to seek such funds as the restoration program moves toward implementation of GEM. The future of the project remains unclear. The proposal would be strengthened by giving more attention to the value of the data gathered by the young people and to the evaluations of participating investigators. However, this is a strong and successful effort, and it should continue.
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: Fund, including funding increment ($9,700) for teacher participation in JASON. JASON is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education in the area of environmental science and research. Its 2002 expedition "Frozen Worlds" will take place in Southcentral Alaska, and will include curriculum development and teacher training. In general, Youth Area Watch involves local youth in restoration projects. In FY 02, youth in Chenega Bay, Cordova, Nanwalek, Port Graham, Seldovia, Seward, Tatitlek, Valdez, and Whittier will participate. The Trustee Council's contribution to this project has declined each year since the project's inception, as the Chugach School District has obtained funds from other sources to sustain the program. FY 02 was expected to be the final year of Council support, but this might be the type of community effort that is appropriate under GEM.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)