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Letter: Thanks, Alaska

  • Author: Representatives of federal agencies in Alaska
    | Opinion
  • Updated: February 11
  • Published February 11

On behalf of the Department of the Interior’s Alaska employees and contractors, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the organizations, businesses, and individuals who offered concern and support during the partial government shutdown. So many Alaskans, businesses, and organizations stepped up to provide what assistance they could, including offers of free coffee, food, financial assistance, or fun activities.

The Department of the Interior has more than 3,000 employees and contractors working in Alaska to manage federal public lands and resources, provide life-saving information on natural hazards, and uphold our trust responsibilities to Alaska Natives. Our work is varied and spans the entire state. From small rural communities to urban centers like Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks, our employees and contractors are your friends and neighbors.

Although many of us pride ourselves on being resilient and resourceful, as fellow Alaskans, we know the importance of community, where friends and neighbors step in to help when the going gets tough. We are enormously grateful to have our dedicated employees and contractors back on the job in communities across the state and look forward to serving all of you in the months and years to come.

Thank you, fellow Alaska families, friends and neighbors!

— Greg Siekaniec (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), Herbert Frost (National Park Service), Aimee Devaris (U.S. Geological Survey), Ted Murphy (Bureau of Land Management), Gene Peltola (Bureau of Indian Affairs), Steve Wackowski (Dept. of Interior, Secretary’s Office), Kevin Fox (Dept. of Interior, Aviation Services), Phil Johnson (Dept. of Interior, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance), Jim Kendall (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management), Mark Fesmire (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) and Josh Kindred (Dept. of Interior, Solicitor)

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