News and Events
2012 Windstorm Observations & Recommendations
In September 2012 trees in forests, yards, and along streets across Anchorage fell during a severe windstorm. What can you learn from that storm that will help prevent hazards and tree loss in future storms?
The Alaska Community Forestry Program has released a report of observations and photos that show how poor plant selection, planting, and maintenance led to many of the tree failures. The report is available at http://forestry.alaska.gov/community/publications.htm
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 donít 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
New Community Forestry Webinars
The Alaska Community Forestry Program has produced and recorded the following webinars:
- Tree and Shrub Insect Pests and Control
- Selecting and Planting High Quality Trees
- Pruning Young Trees for Strong Structure
- What did we learn from the September 2012 windstorm?
- Preparing for the Certified Arborist Exam
The webinars are posted to http://www.youtube.com/user/alaskadnrdof
Urban Forestry in Northern Climates: The Alaska Experience
Read an article on urban forestry in Alaska in the latest edition of City Trees, the magazine published by the Society of Municipal Arborists. The article is on page 16.