Alaska Community Forestry Program Log

News and Events

NEW!Are you interested in helping create healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities in Alaska? Consider applying for a seat on the Alaska Community Forest Council. The Council is a nonprofit and state advisory organization that works to improve Alaskans' quality of life by expanding and caring for urban and community forests.

The Alaska Community Forest Council is seeking to fill five council seats in 2014. Seats are open in the following categories: Seat A - Arborist, Seat G - Small-Community Service, Seat I - Industry/Business, Seats K and M - Members at Large. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 29.

2014 Alaska Community Forest Council application

Alaska Community Forest Council factsheet

University of Alaska Fairbanks Arbor Day celebration

Celebrate Arbor Day

Arbor Day is celebrated in Alaska on the third Monday of May – May 19 in 2014. If you are planning a celebration, please notify Stephen Nickel ( and he will add your event to our state calendar of events.

Stephen Nickel shows how a tree responds to a structural weakness.

Ketchikan Receives Community Forestry Assistance

Community Assistance Forester Stephen Nickel visited Ketchikan March 24-29, 2014 to offer training and assistance to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. He led a class for the public on proper tree care and another for Ketchikan Public Utilities linemen on pruning. A field exercise helped utility workers learn to identify and mitigate risks that could be caused by trees.

The Borough completed an urban tree inventory and an urban forest management plan in 2010 with a grant and assistance from the Community Forestry Program. Assistance in March supported the initial efforts to assess Ketchikan’s urban forest and strengthens the Borough’s ability to manage public trees in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Transplanting Trees the Air Spade Way

Read this illustrated description of how to transplant trees using an air spade to remove the soil from the roots. Landscape architect Monique Anderson wrote this description after participating in a project to transplant trees in Sitka. The city moved about 15 large trees to a park during construction of a new parking lot. All the trees are doing very well in their new site.

Transplanting with Air Spade ASLA article 2013 (PDF)

Library Books on Trees

Winter is on the way; how about making time to read a book on trees? Many libraries in Alaska have books to help you improve your tree knowledge. The Alaska Community Forestry Program has donated the following books with the most up-to-date information on tree planting and care to public libraries. For a list of the libraries with these books go to this document (XLS 33 KB). If you want to read one of the following and don’t find it at your library, please contact us.

  • The Practical Science of Planting Trees, Gary W. Watson & E.B. Himelick
  • An Illustrated Guide to Pruning, Edward F. Gilman
  • Trees and Development, Nelda Matheny & James R. Clark
  • The Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, Michael Dirr
  • Arboriculture: Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs, & Vines, Richard Harris, James Clark, Nelda Matheny
  • Celebrating Birch, North House Folk School
  • The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono

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