Cooperative Extension Service RDP

Rural Development Project

Our Mission

The UAF CES Rural Development Project develops and disseminates relevant and easily understood research and technology to rural Alaskans – primarily in the lower Yukon Kuskokwim rivers, the Copper River Valley and Southeast Alaska – to improve their quality of life. The Project maintains an open dialog with those stakeholders to identify and adjust to evolving needs. Download the RDP Magazine >

Our Vision

Project faculty and staff collaborate with public agencies, professional researchers, consultants, community groups and, most of all, stakeholders. Programs and services include:

  • Rural community development and economic analysis
  • Forestry and natural resources
  • Youth development
  • Energy alternatives and environmental management
  • Food self-sufficiency

Our Objectives

The RDP has identified the following objectives to attain both the mission and the vision.

  • Support research and outreach that responds to the needs of rural Alaska communities.
  • Increase opportunities for community participation in hands-on learning.
  • Use technology to deliver information and to enhance knowledge.
  • Manage the process of community outreach.
  • Foster strategic partnerships with public and private stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with public and private employers in workforce preparation.
  • Develop and maintain a highly qualified and motivated staff.

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ACTing Like Clean Water

Renewable Resources Coalition

The RRC is an Alaskan non-profit 501 c (6) corporation founded by Alaskans with a diverse membership including commercial fishermen, natives, lodge owners, and many others. The mission of the Renewable Resources Coalition is to preserve and protect the ongoing viability of Alaska’s abundant fishing and hunting resources and the lands and waters they need to survive.
Renewable Resources Coalition

Alaskans Against the Mining Shutdown
Alaskans Against the Mining Shutdown (AAMS), a citizens' coalition, has taken the lead in fighting the initiatives put forth by the anti-mining interests in Alaska - including Ballot Measure 4 which could appear on the primary ballot on August 26th.

The AAMS coalition includes individuals and groups representing different business, regional, and political backgrounds that have gathered together to fight the very drastic and deceptive measures put forth by the anti-mining interests. AAMS launched this campaign to do three things:

(1) Protect the over 5,500 direct and indirect mining jobs, and future jobs in over 100 Alaskan communities, many of them in outlying rural Native Alaskan communities;

(2) Preserve the diverse Alaskan communities who depend on mining. Mining provides $175 million in revenue to Alaska State government, and $14 million in revenue to local governments and, in some cases, is the only source of revenue to to rural communities.

(3) Responsibly protect Alaska's future by ensuring our great mineral wealth continues to be a significant, growing sector of Alaska's economy.

AAMS also promotes responsible resource development, believing that economic development and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. Alaska has very rigorous environmental standards and processes that mining projects have to go through, and the anti-mining interests would arbitrarily override these science-based processes and standards.
Alaskans Against Mining Shutdown

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