Alaska Division of Forestry Overview
The mission of the Division of Forestry is to develop, conserve, and enhance Alaska's forests to provide a sustainable supply of forest resources for Alaskans.
The Division of Forestry:
- Protects water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and other forest values through appropriate forest practices and administration of the Forest Resources and Practices Act;
- Manages a wildland fire program on public, private, and municipal lands;
- Encourages development of the timber industry and forest products markets;
- Manages the Haines, Southeast and Tanana Valley state forests (over two million acres);
- Conducts timber sales for personal and commercial use and for fuel-wood;
- Administers the Community Forestry, Conservation Education, Forest Health, and Stewardship programs;
- Gives technical assistance to forest landowners.
The office of State Forester Chris Maisch is located in Fairbanks. The division also has a central office in Anchorage to provide policy and program direction, two regional offices, and eight area offices responsible for program support and field work.
The Division of Forestry is bound by the Alaska statutes and administrative code sections that directly govern forest management activities on state forest land.
We invite you to view the following PowerPoint presentation for an orientation to the Division of Forestry's programs. Division of Forestry Orientation (PPT) (52 MB)
- Forestry Strategic Plan (PDF)
- 2015 Annual Report
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- 2011 Annual Report
- 2010 Annual Report
- 2009 Annual Report
- 2008 Annual Report
- 2007 Annual Report
- 2006 Annual Report
- 2005 Annual Report
- 2004 Annual Report
- 2003 Annual Report
- 2002 Annual Report
- 2001 Annual Report
- 2000 Annual Report
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