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Alaska Community Forestry Program Log


Fall Arboriculture Classes in Anchorage and Fairbanks

The Alaska Division of Forestry and Alaska Community Forest Council will host a series of classes in Anchorage and Fairbanks for arborists, landscape architects, foresters, developers and others who want to learn how to retain trees during development and to diagnose structural problems of trees.

The workshops will be taught by Scott Baker, founder and principal of Tree Solutions Inc., a tree consulting company in Seattle. Mr. Baker is a Board Certified Master Arborist and Registered Consulting Arborist. He has worked with trees for over 30 years and relies on his background as a successful developer to bridge the gap between construction and trees. Mr. Baker is a respected speaker and educator on diagnosing and preserving trees. He has collaborated with international scientists to advance the use of science and technology in arboriculture.


Site Planning and Construction with Trees in Mind, Oct. 1 and Oct. 5

Fairbanks class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, Council Chambers in City Hall, 800 Cushman Street

Anchorage class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5; main conference room of the Municipality of Anchorage Public Works office, 4700 Elmore Road

Learn practical techniques for successfully retaining trees when building roads, homes, or other structures. See examples of how retaining healthy and attractive trees will reduce costs for removal and replacement and create more attractive landscapes. Case studies will demonstrate practices that will reduce damage to trees and possible hazards in the future.

A field trip to local sites will help participants gain a better understanding of how to determine which trees can and should be retained, which should be removed before construction, and steps to take during and after construction to maintain trees in good health.


Techniques for Diagnosing Structural Problems in Trees, Oct. 2 and Oct. 6

Fairbanks class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oct. 2, Council Chambers in City Hall, 800 Cushman Street

Anchorage class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oct. 6, in the main conference room of the Municipality of Anchorage Public Works office, 4700 Elmore Road

This workshop will help you hone your diagnostic skills and ability to assess the condition of trees to determine the significance of defects. Mr. Baker will cover tree biology, structure, and anatomy, visual tree assessment and common diagnostic tools, and methods for reporting results of an assessment. A classroom presentation will be followed by outdoor field practice. The workshop is open to anyone but intended for arborists, foresters, and others with a working knowledge of tree biology, anatomy, and assessment.

Continuing education credits for ISA, ASLA and SAF members will be available for both classes.

Registration is required, and space is limited. To register, complete the form for the appropriate location and submit it with a check. The registration deadline is close of business on Tuesday, 29 September 2015. Please direct questions to Stephen Nickel at 269-8466 or


Fairbanks Community Tree Stewards

Sixteen people learned to plant and care for trees and shrubs during the Division of Forestry's Community Tree Steward Course in Fairbanks in May. The five evening classes covered tree biology, problem diagnosis, common insects and diseases, species selection, planting, pruning, and other tree maintenance.

Tree Stewards practiced their new skills by pruning trees at Weeks Field Park near the Noel Wien Library and planting two trees at Snedden Park. In exchange for the class, Tree Stewards agreed to donate 15 hours on community forest projects in the next year.


Fairbanks Tree Stewards Abbie West & Jan Dawe stacking pruning debris at Weeks Field


Fairbanks Tree Stewards Corey Whitely and Jim Smith pruning at Weeks Field


Fairbanks Tree Stewards planting a tree in Snedden Park.

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