Community Forestry Management in Alaska
Municipality of Anchorage
Anchorage Street Tree Inventory covers public trees along streets, in municipal parks, and around public facilities. It includes the species, size, condition, maintenance needs, and appraised value of each tree. All data is entered into the municipal Geographic Information System (GIS) and can be used by all city departments for planning purposes. The inventory was begun in 2009 and continues.
Urban Forestry Management Plan provides goals and recommendations to expand and to improve the health and safety of the urban forest though strategic, cost effective practices. Municipality of Anchorage Urban Forestry Management Plan-Draft 3/2009 (PDF)
Anchorage Forestland Assessment included mapping the tree canopy over the entire municipality (1,955 square miles), quantifying the environmental services forests provide, and identifying threats to the health and sustainability of the forest. A public survey provided information about how a variety of individuals and organizations view and value forested lands and suggestions for how to conserve and manage Anchorage's forest resources. The management plan provides recommendations for preserving the condition and health of valuable forestlands and the vital benefits that they provide to both humans and wildlife.
- Anchorage Forestland Assessment and Management Plan - Draft 9/2010 (PDF)
- Anchorage Forestland Assessment and Management Plan Presentation (PDF)
Maria D'Agostino, Anchorage Municipal Forester
632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 630,
Anchorage, AK 99501
City And Borough of Sitka
The Alaska Community Forestry Program partnered with the City and Borough of Sitka to develop a plan to enhance the community through management of its trees. The project began in October 2012 with a public meeting and a complete inventory of city owned and maintained trees along streets, in parks, and around public facilities. The inventory identified more than 600 trees by species, size and condition, value, and maintenance needs.
Inventory data and information provided by the public and city employees was used to write an Urban Forest Management Plan. The plan identifies practices that are efficient and cost effective and that maximize the many benefits that trees provide. Community Forestry Consultants, Inc., under contact to the state, wrote the management plan. Funding for this project was provided to the state from the USDA Forest Service.
Lynne Brandon, Parks Superintendent
City and Borough of Sitka
100 Lincoln St.
Sitka, AK 99835
Fairbanks North Star Borough
The borough has an Urban Forestry Plan and a mission, to provide a hazard free, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing urban forest system in and around Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks. The borough completed an inventory of trees in 47 parks in 2005 and has developed a management plan.
Fairbanks North Star Borough
Parks & Recreation Department
P.O. Box 71267
Fairbanks, Alaska 99707-1267
City of Wasilla
Urban Forest Inventory – The City completed a tree inventory covering public trees along streets, in municipal parks, and around public facilities. It includes the species, size, condition, maintenance needs, and appraised value of each tree. All data is entered into the city's Geographic Information System (GIS) and can be used by departments for planning purposes. The inventory, funded by the Community Forestry Program, was begun in 2010 and continues.
Urban Forestry Management Plan - Information gathered from the inventory, combined with a review of current management practices, produced a plan that will guide the expansion of the city's urban forestry program and will help the city manage the tree population through strategic, cost effective practices.
- City of Wasilla Urban Forestry Management Plan 10/2010 (PDF)
City of Homer 2010
Urban Forest Inventory and Training - The City completed an inventory of public trees along streets, in municipal parks, and around public facilities. The program also trained City of Homer staff in use of tree inventory software and evaluating trees and site conditions. The inventory, funded by the Community Forestry Program, includes the species, size, condition, maintenance needs, and appraised value of each tree and was completed in two and a half days. The inventory is available to all city departments through the Geographic Information System (GIS) and can be used by departments for planning purposes.
Angie Otteson, Parks Coordinator
3575 Heath Street
Homer AK 99603
Ketchikan Gateway Borough 2009/2010
Ketchikan Gateway Borough Urban Forest Inventory - The Borough completed an inventory of the public trees along streets, in municipal parks, and around public facilities. Completed in 2010 with funding from the Community Forestry Program, the inventory includes the species, size, condition, maintenance needs, and appraised value of each tree. Inventory data is available to all departments through the borough's Geographic Information System (GIS) and can be used for planning purposes.
Ketchikan Gateway Borough Urban Forestry Management Plan - Information gathered from the inventory, combined with a review of current management practices, produced a plan that will guide the expansion of the borough's urban forestry program and will help manage the tree population in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Ketchikan Gateway Borough Public Works
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
Alaska Community Forestry Organizations
Anchorage TREErific is a community group with a mission: Enriching our community through the planting, caring, and promotion of trees. TREErific volunteers meet for educational presentations, field trips, and to plan and sponsor tree planting or maintenance projects. For information or to be added to the e-mail list for notice of events, visit TREErific's website or contact treerificAnchorage@yahoo.com.
Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee
Arbor Day Committee members plant trees in Veteran’s Memorial Park, one of many Arbor Day plantings in Fairbanks.
Arbor Day Committee volunteers have organized tree-planting events in the Fairbanks area each year for over 25 years. In 2005, the committee was honored at the National Arbor Day Foundation's annual awards ceremony as a "program that best represents the spirit of the tree planters' holiday."
Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee
c/o Jim Smith
The Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership
Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership is a volunteer nonprofit group that promotes the selection, planting, and care of trees within Juneau. The group is composed of community members ranging from master gardeners and foresters to landscape architects and members at large. Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership organizes Arbor Day activities and other tree plantings, works with local schools and youth groups, and provides tree and forestry related information.
For more information, see the following publications:
- Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership brochure (PDF)
- Juneau Downtown Tree Guide (PDF)
- Evergreen Cemetery Tree Walk Brochure (PDF)
- Juneau Tree Walk Brochure (PDF)
- JUFP annual report (PDF)
- JUFP website: juneautrees.wordpress.com
- To be added to the email list, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
- City & Borough of Juneau Parks contact: George Schaaf George_Schaaf@ci.juneau.ak.us
Sitka Tree and Landscape Committee
In 2008, Sitka volunteers planted trees at the new Kimsham Recreation Complex, built over a former landfill. A Community Forestry Program grant funded the planting.
The seven-member committee, begun in 2001, has helped the City of Sitka complete a tree inventory and landscape plan. The group organizes projects to plant and care for trees. It has sponsored a landscape beautification contest and partnered with the local utility to produce a brochure on planting the right tree in the right place and mailed it to all customers.
For information on how you can become involved in tree planting or other community forestry activities in your community, please contact the Alaska Community Forestry Program.