Forest Management in Alaska Communities

Municipality of Anchorage

The Anchorage Street Tree Inventory covers public trees along streets, in municipal parks, and around public facilities. It was begun in 2009 and 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 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)

The Anchorage Forestland Assessment included mapping 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. The Community Forestry Program funded the inventory, management plan, and forest assessment.

Anchorage Forestland Assessment and Management Plan - Draft 9/2010 (PDF)

Anchorage Forestland Assessment and Management Plan Presentation (PDF)


Anchorage Municipal Forester, position vacant,
632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 630
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-373-4717



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.



City of Homer

The City has an inventory of public trees along streets, in municipal parks, and around public facilities. The inventory includes the species, size, condition, maintenance needs, and appraised value of each tree. The inventory is available to city departments through the Geographic Information System (GIS) and can be used by departments for planning purposes. The Community Forestry Program funded the inventory.


City of Homer
Angie Otteson, Parks Coordinator
907-235-3170
parks@cityofhomer-ak.gov



Ketchikan Gateway Borough

The Borough has an inventory of the public trees along streets, in municipal parks, and around public facilities. 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.

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. It guides the city’s management of public trees through strategic, cost effective practices. The Community Forestry Program funded the inventory and management plan.

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Urban Forestry Management Plan 3/2010 (PDF)


Ketchikan Gateway Borough Public Works
Ed Schofield
907-228-6670
publicworks@kgbak.us



City & Borough of Sitka

The City has an 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, appraised 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. It guides the city’s management of public trees through strategic, cost effective practices. The Sitka Assembly adopted the plan in 2013. The Community Forestry Program funded the inventory and management plan.


City and Borough of Sitka
Lynne Brandon, Parks Superintendent
907-747-1852
parks@cityofsitka.com


Sitka Urban Forest Management Plan (PDF)



Sitka Tree and Landscape Committee

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.

Accomplishment Report (PDF)


Chairman Joe D'Arienzo
(907) 747-7448
delsenzo@hotmail.com



City of Soldotna

The City has an inventory of the public trees along streets, in municipal parks, and around public facilities. 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.

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. It guides the city’s management of public trees through strategic, cost effective practices. The Community Forestry Program funded the inventory and management plan.


City of Soldotna
Andrew Carmichael, Parks Superintendent
907-262-3151, ext.21
acarmichael@ci.soldotna.ak.us


Soldotna Urban Forest Management Plan (PDF)



City of Wasilla

The City has 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.

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. It guides the city’s management of public trees through strategic, cost effective practices. The Community Forestry Program funded the inventory and management plan.

City of Wasilla Urban Forestry Management Plan 10/2010 (PDF)


City of Wasilla
Department of Public Works
Keith Jones
907-373-9010
publicworks@ci.wasilla.ak.us



Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee

Arbor Day Committee volunteers have organized tree-planting events in the Fairbanks area each year for over 30 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
Jim Smith, member
(907)-687-0321
jimsmith@alaska.net



The Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership


The 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:


City & Borough of Juneau
Parks Department
Ben Patterson
(907) 364-2828
ben_patterson@ci.juneau.ak.us



Other Communities

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.