The Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group (WG) includes subsistence users, other Alaskan hunters, reindeer herders, hunting guides, transporters, and conservationists. Agency staff, biologists, and natural resource managers are advisory to the WG and provide information and support when needed or requested by the group. The group meets once or twice a year, with additional sub-committee meetings throughout the year, as specific needs arise.
During meetings, biologists report on the current health and population status, range condition, and other biological factors affecting the herd. Invited specialists present information on topics that may impact the herd, such as climate, statewide transportation, and public land use planning. Elders address the group, sharing knowledge passed down for generations.
The group identifies concerns, requests information, and advocates for actions that will conserve and benefit the herd, including habitat studies or protections from the impacts of development. The group provides public information through this website and in its newsletter, Caribou Trails, and welcomes comments from the public.