Confluence AK

Summit Schedule & Agenda

CONFLUENCE: Recover and Reset

2021 Theme: Recover and Reset

If you've been to Confluence, you know the aim is to connect, educate, and inspire a sustainable and equitable outdoor economy that’s intimately tied to the well-being of Alaskans and the geographically and culturally diverse communities we call home. Gather with for-profit and non-profit business leaders, state and federal agencies, planners and doers to focus on what matters.


Guidebook to the New Outdoor Recreation Economy

Get an overview of emerging trends and thought leadership as it impacts land management, rural economies and entrepreneurship in Alaska. Topics include how to increase volunteerism, how to address the maintenance backlog of America's public lands, improving outdoor recreation permitting processes, new funding for outdoor recreation infrastructure, new directions in the Tongass and more.

9 - 9:15 Welcome

9:15 - 9:30 AM Opening Remarks: Sen. Lisa Murkowski

9:30 - 9:55 AM National Industry Trends & Priorities

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable: Chris Perkins, Gerry Seavo James

Outdoor Industry Association: Rebecca Gillis

9:55 - 11 AM New Priorities for Public Land Management

US Forest Service, Regional Forester Dave Schmid 

Alaska State Parks, Director Ricky Gease   

Bureau of Land Management, Acting State Director Thomas Heinlein

US Fish and Wildlife Service, Brian Glaspell, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System - AK

National Park Service: acting Deputy Regional Director Mark Sturm and Maija Lukin, Native Relations Program Manager

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Co-Create the Future 

We Want You! Your time today is an investment in the future that will pay dividends for years to come. We'll start with an update of planning efforts under way, then we will open the floor to hear from you. Give us your unvarnished truths. Share constructive criticism. What makes you happy and what drives you nutty out on the land. Are we missing opportunities? Help us co-create an outdoor recreation economy that is equitable, inclusive and uniquely Alaskan. 

9:00 - 9:15 AM Welcome 


9: 15 - 9:30 AM Alaska Legislative Outlook: Sen. Tom Begich

9:30 - 9:55 AM A Conversation with Raina Thiele, Dept. of Interior, Senior Adviser for Alaska Affairs and Strategic Priorities

10:00 - 10:15 AM Build Back Better Regenerative Tourism Partnership: Sarah Leonard, Alaska Travel Industry Association; Emily Edenshaw, Alaska Native Heritage Center; Mary Goddard, Sustainable Southeast Partnership

10:15 - Noon SCORP Update & Public Comment: Alaska's 5-Year Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan: Ricky Gease, Alaska State Parks; Michael Downs, National Park Service; Chris Beck, Mariyam Medovaya, Alaska Trails

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