Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force

The nine-member Task Force was created to develop recommendations for the Governor regarding the management of forested State lands. The purpose is to further economic development and jobs for Alaskans from timber harvest. In 2011-2012, recommendations from the Task Force to the Governor may also address: management of the State's forests, future additions to existing State Forests, creation of new State Forests, changes to State statutes or regulations governing timber harvesting, State land acquisition or exchanges in the Tongass National Forest, and areas of research related to use of the Tongass National Forest and impacts on wildlife.

The Task Force will report on current demand for timber in the Tongass National Forest, release quarterly reports on possible timber sales in the Tongass National Forest to meet demand, and report on current wood products and potential new products/uses of timber supplied by the Tongass National Forest.

The Executive Order creating the Task Force is available at

Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force Members

Chris Maisch, Chair
Department of Natural Resources Designee

Randy Ruaro
Office of the Governor Designee

Doug Vincent-Lang
Department of Fish & Game Designee

Nicole Grewe
Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development Designee

Brad Cox
Alaska Forest Products Industry Designee

Bryce Dahlstrom
Alaska Forest Products Industry Designee

Owen Graham
Alaska Forest Products Industry Designee

Elaine Price
Southeast Alaska Communities Designee

Ruth Monahan
US Forest Service Region 10 Liaison

Task Force Subcommittees

The Task Force has established four subcommittees to compile and present information to the full group. The subcommittees may include task force members, state and federal agency staff, and private sector representatives. A list of subcommittees follows along with contact information.



  • Tongass timber demand and wood products subcommittee
         Interim Contact: Contact: Nicole Grewe (




The Alaska Timber Task Force presented its Final Report to the Governor on October 16, 2012. To view the report, click on the following link.


Minutes from the Task Force meetings are available at the following links


Contact Information

For more information on the Task Force, contact Chris Maisch, State Forester, Division of Forestry at 907-451-2666 or .

Any individuals wishing to be added to the task force mailing list or receive future announcements of Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force meetings, by e-mail or in hard copy, should contact Bev Ostoj, Division of Forestry, at 907-269-8463 or