Subsistence Is Our Way Of Life

Anchorage, AK   |

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Since 1984, our organizations mission is to promote Tribal sovereignty and the protection of our subsistence lifestyle through the development and implementation of Tribal natural resource management programs to assure the conservation, sound economic development, and stewardship of the natural resources in the traditional use areas of the Chugach region. We are the leading inter-Tribal fish and wildlife commission. The CRRC is founded as a community-based, Alaska Native, natural resource management organization. Community resiliency and self-determination are central threads interwoven throughout all our activities.

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Executive Director

Willow Hetrick

Main address

P.O. Box 111686

Anchorage, AK 99507 USA

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Subject area info

Natural resources

Agriculture, fishing and forestry

Job creation and workforce development

Population served info

Alaskan Natives

Multiracial people

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Protecting natural resources of the Chugach region for the indigenous peoples to continue to subsist and use.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Climate Change Program

CRRCs Climate Change Program started in 2014 to understand and mitigate climate changes impacts on traditional lives and livelihoods in the Chugach region. In 2016, CRRC held a workshop, the results of which are captured in the graphic above and in this report, where Tribal Members identified traditional foods as one of their main areas of concern around the changing climate. Since then, the CRRC has implemented several programs to monitor and protect natural resources in the region, while simultaneously launching a vulnerability assessment to better understand the impacts on traditional foods.

CRRC is currently developing an adaptation plan to identify priority actions at the regional level and to support the communities we serve in their local efforts to mitigate climate impacts and protect human and environmental health.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Indigenous peoples

As a member of the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council (AMBCC), we work with ten Native non-profit organizations on the development of regulations governing the subsistence harvest of migratory birds during the spring and summer. As a result of our good working relationships with the Native representatives on this Council, CRRC was unanimously selected to serve as the “managing entity” for the AMBCC, housing staff in CRRC office and providing overall management of the subsistence migratory bird program on behalf of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

The Subsistence Program provides regulatory advocacy to the Board of Fish, Board of Game, Federal Subsistence Board, Southcentral Regional Advisory Council, North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council. Our mission is to provide advocacy to protect Alaska Native hunting and fishing rights, which are central to the traditional way of life and well-being of our people.

We work on projects like Bat Sonar Study, the Lower Cook Inlet Moose Composition, Marine Mammal Program, Migratory Birds Project, Nanwalek Salmon Enhancement Project, Subsistence Alliance, Traditional Foods Project and Tribal Regulatory Trainings.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Using residents to conduct the sampling is a cost-effective way to expand the spatial ocean acidification dataset coverage, build capacity in those communities, and broaden the local knowledge for residents most affected by changing ocean conditions. Continuing this work is critical to understanding the effects of ocean acidification on important food resources for the Tribes in the Southcentral region.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

We have also developed Tribal natural resource management curricula in partnership with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, College of Rural Alaska, and a K-12 Science Curriculum with kits that focused on the natural resources of the Chugach Region and integrated their Alutiiq indigenous knowledge with western science in a way that was easy for the Native students to understand.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

By virtue of the focus of our organization, we enjoy close working relationships with many of the Native non-profit organizations in Alaska. For example, our interest in the conservation and wise use of marine mammals has prompted us to become a member of the Indigenous Peoples Council on Marine Mammals. This group is comprised of 19 inter-tribal marine mammal organizations from across the State of Alaska who gather twice yearly to discuss research being conducted and other issues of concern regarding marine mammals.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Located in Seward, Alaska, Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute (APMI), previously the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, began operations in 1994. In 2004 CRRC took over the operations of the facility, maintaining the physical plant and continually upgrading and improving the hatchery systems so it remains a state-of-the-art facility.

APMI has become a leader in marine research, specializing in all aspects of coastal marine science at a regional level with statewide impact. Its mission is to engage in both marine research and mariculture to protect natural resources and economic opportunities for the people of the Chugach Region. APMI conducts research on numerous topics and focuses on coastal and marine ecosystem health and the issues affecting Tribal Members, animals, and the environment.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Economically disadvantaged people

In 2019, CRRC began the process of forming the Chugach Region Tribal Conservation District (CRTCD) to include traditional homelands of Alaska Native people in Southcentral Alaska. In 2021, the process was finally complete, and the CRTCD was formed.

CRRC recognizes the importance of addressing subsistence, environmental, and natural resource needs of our Tribal members through the use of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and other federal agency programs collectively designed to provide technical and other assistance to enhance the traditional subsistence way of living in perpetuity.

Population(s) Served
Alaskan Natives
Multiracial people
Self-employed people
Economically disadvantaged people
Alaskan Natives
Multiracial people
Self-employed people
Economically disadvantaged people

The CRRC Wetlands Program Plan (WPP) reflects the local environmental history of the region and aims to assess wetland environmental needs as identified through the guidance provided by Tribal community members. The plan is a starting point for long-term wetland inventory, monitoring, and management across the Chugach Region to provide our tribal members the ability to access the use of the wealth of natural resources dependent on healthy wetlands, including fish and shellfish, berries, timber, waterfowl, and terrestrial mammals.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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CRRC strives to promote and support tribal management and the development of tribal natural resource management programs, advocate cooperation with private, state and federal resource management agencies in both our region and statewide, develop and enhance natural resource management education and training, and promote sustainable and sound economic development in the Chugach.

CRRC continually works with Tribes and Tribal members to create various plan per program that we can work together to achieve. Plans often include mile-markers with measurable goals. Working through the Board of Directors, we identify the key priorities and initiatives to focus time and energy on to benefit the people.

CRRC employs a staff of four people at its central office in Anchorage and up to ten full time individuals and 15 seasonal workers at the local level throughout the Chugach Region. These staff are responsible for subsistence advocacy, development of traditional natural resource management programs in the Chugach Region villages, as well as addressing other natural resources and environmental issues, including climate change, development of natural resource education and training programs and conducting training and special issues workshops in the communities in areas related to CRRC's mission. To accomplish these tasks, CRRC staff have used their ability to bring together diverse Native American and Alaska Native cultures with state and federal agency representatives under sensitive, controversial and sometimes hostile situations to develop relationships, resolve conflicts, and reach common solutions to benefit conservation. CRRC works directly with Tribal leaders and their respective Councils to plan and implement community and economic development projects and other areas germane to CRRC's mission.

Staff responsibilities also include general oversight of the financial management system of the organization, as well as developing annual budgets and monitoring the budgets for each program. CRRC staff have extensive experience in grants management and accounting concepts, principles, practices, techniques, and procedures, as well as experience in reviewing and analyzing grant applications and summaries, ensuring effective management and accountability of funds has proven to be integral to CRRC's success. This tasks allows collaboration with the Tribes and CRRC personnel to apply analytical methods and techniques to identify and resolve grant performance issues.

By virtue of the focus of our organization, we enjoy close working relationships with many of the Native nonprofit organizations in Alaska. Our programs and projects utilize and build upon existing partnerships with local Tribes, Tribal members, and other stakeholders. CRRC constantly shares the outcomes of recent work offers an opportunity to reflect on our organization's purpose, while affirming that progress that has been made toward long-term goals.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 1.21 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 29% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of CHUGACH REGIONAL RESOURCES’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$46,091 -$40,921 -$42,902 $1,018,154 $351,280
As % of expenses -3.9% -3.2% -3.6% 51.0% 7.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$59,752 -$54,582 -$56,563 $1,002,616 $268,358
As % of expenses -5.0% -4.3% -4.7% 49.8% 5.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,151,951 $1,229,218 $1,140,787 $3,015,776 $5,361,872
Total revenue, % change over prior year 9.2% 6.7% -7.2% 164.4% 77.8%
Program services revenue 18.8% 12.8% 13.3% 3.1% 0.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 78.0% 78.0% 81.2% 85.3% 94.1%
All other grants and contributions 0.0% 4.3% 4.2% 9.8% 5.6%
Other revenue 3.1% 4.9% 1.3% 1.8% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,183,042 $1,270,139 $1,183,689 $1,997,622 $5,010,592
Total expenses, % change over prior year 9.1% 7.4% -6.8% 68.8% 150.8%
Personnel 49.3% 53.2% 58.1% 48.1% 29.6%
Professional fees 16.5% 16.3% 20.1% 17.4% 9.1%
Occupancy 8.1% 6.3% 6.2% 3.0% 3.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 26.1% 24.1% 15.6% 31.5% 57.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,196,703 $1,283,800 $1,197,350 $2,013,160 $5,093,514
One month of savings $98,587 $105,845 $98,641 $166,469 $417,549
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $38,377 $601,700
Total full costs (estimated) $1,295,290 $1,389,645 $1,295,991 $2,218,006 $6,112,763

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.5 2.0 3.2 3.5 2.7
Months of cash and investments 2.5 2.0 3.2 3.5 2.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.1 2.5 2.2 7.2 2.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $247,424 $212,645 $311,244 $580,719 $1,108,994
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $158,556 $144,330 $176,065 $966,075 $772,829
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $432,824 $432,824 $432,824 $433,803 $1,035,503
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 80.3% 83.5% 86.6% 81.4% 42.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 23.2% 24.5% 50.4% 23.0% 38.0%
Unrestricted net assets $386,027 $331,445 $274,882 $1,277,498 $1,545,856
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $386,027 $331,445 $274,882 $1,277,498 $1,545,856

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Willow Hetrick

Willow Hetrick-Price is the Executive Director of CRRC. She is responsible for the nonprofit Inter-Tribal Fish and Wildlife Commission, which is involved in projects and programs related to natural resources, subsistence, climate change, environmental management and research, in addition to community economic development related to natural resources and the environment. She is also responsible for identifying funding sources and developing funding proposals with and on behalf of the Tribes of the Chugach region. Willow serves on the Board of the Prince William Sound Stewardship Foundation as Secretary, the Kenai MountainsTurnagain Arm National Heritage Area as President, and the Anchorage Advisory Committee to the Boards of Fish and Game as Secretary. Willow has a bachelor of science degree in marine resource management (2006) with a certificate in aquaculture (2006) and a master of science degree in natural resources and environmental management (2009), both from the University of

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Board of directors
as of 02/12/2024
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Board co-chair

Patrick Norman

Port Graham Village Council

Board co-chair

Priscilla Evans

Nanwalek IRA Council

Darrel Olsen

Native Village of Eyak

Sheila Jordan

Valdez Native Tribe

Nanci Robart

Tatitlek Village IRA Council

Ari Schablein

Qutekcak Native Tribe

Boyd Selanoff

Chenega IRA Council

Organizational demographics

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