Forest Practices

Aviation Program

Overview

The Division of Forestry provides fire protection services on 150 million acres of land, and much of it is remote and inaccessible, requiring the use of airplanes and helicopters. The Division contracts the majority of its aircraft resources from the private sector, and manages and operates a combination of air tankers, helicopters, and miscellaneous fixed wing aircraft to deliver firefighters, mobilize emergency firefighters, move equipment and supplies, and drop fire retardant on fires. Close coordination between the state and federal agencies maximizes the use of aviation resources. Cooperative state and federal aviation management saves money.

Division of Forestry Aviation Contacts

Steve Elwell
State Aviation Officer
101 Airport Road
Palmer, Alaska 99645
907-761-6271 - Office
907-761-6273 - Fax
email
Steve Edwards
State Director of Maintenance
101 Airport Road
Palmer, Alaska 99645
907-761-6272 - Office
907-761-6273 - Fax
Robert McAlpin (Bob)
Northern Region Aviation Manager
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-4699
907-451-2691 - Office
907-451-2690 - Fax
email
Dale Alter
Coastal Region Aviation Manager
101 Airport Road
Palmer, Alaska 99645
907-761-6229 - Office
907-761-6227 - Fax
email