Alaska Forest Health Protection Program
The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) Forest Health Protection program provides assistance to various federal resource program partners, Alaska forest resource agencies, private landowners, and other "state and private" clients for:
- pest mitigation and control advice
- forest insect research
- periodic ground surveys
- pest assessments
- monitoring of economic forest pests throughout Alaska's forested region.
Recent work includes:
- Cooperating with the U.S. Forest Service to conduct statewide forest damage surveys and reporting on the status of new forest insect and disease damage, non-native species surveys and a variety of forest health-related evaluations conducted across Alaska. http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/spf/fhp/
- Development of techniques to manage injurious native bark beetles. Refer to FIDL # 180, a new publication on the northern spruce engraver, Ips perturbatus .
- Early detection trapping to monitor for non-native and exotic bark beetles and wood borers near Alaska's interior and coastal ports (EDRR briefing paper)
- "Alaska's Forests in the 21st Century" http://forestry.alaska.gov/posters.htm a series of maps (.pdf posters) depicting Alaska's forests, forest ownership, Cooperative Fire, Stewardship, Forest Health and Community Forestry issues, and benefits and amenities of Alaska's forests in the 21st Century. Download and view the map titled "Alaska's Forest Health Issues" outlining a few of the key forest pests impacting Alaska's forests and relating the climate change effects on the vegetated landscape, rising impacts from forest pests (e.g., spruce beetle) and some of the cutting edge research that used satellite imagery to measure climate change effects on the landscape across North America.
Email Jason Moan, Forest Health Program Coordinator
DNR Division of Forestry, Anchorage