LISTEN: The annual five year Arctic Research plan is inviting public comment before the plan is written. Here’s what you need to know.

(Kathryn Hansen/NASA)

Security, commerce, climate change and the voices of indigenous communities will all be part of the conversation when building the next five year Arctic Research plan. Which federal agencies decide what it will include and how can you weigh in to help shape the focus of the science? We’ll discuss future arctic research and why it’s important, on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Fran Ulmer, Chair, Arctic Research Commission, former Lt. Gov. of Alaska
  • Nikoosh Carlo, Arctic Research Plan Development Director
  • Simon Stephenson, Head of the Arctic Sciences Division, U.S. National Science Foundation

If you would like to submit a public comment for the Arctic Research Plan, you may do so with the following links. Input must be submitted by Sunday, August 2.


Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast.

Send an email to (comments may be read on air).

Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).

LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
LIVE Web stream: Click here to stream.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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