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Board of Forestry to meet March 1

The Board of Forestry will meet by teleconference on Tuesday, March 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss statewide forestry issues. The public is invited to attend the meeting. Topics for the board meeting will include:

  • FY2017 forestry, forest practices, and monitoring budgets and options for implementation of the Alaska Forest Resources and Practices Act with budget reductions;
  • Status of 2016 legislative and regulatory proposals related to negotiated timber sales including small negotiated sales under 11 AAC 71.045(e) and state fees;
  • Coastal forest management issues including reports on national forest planning, Roadless Rule implementation, the Mental Health Trust land exchange, The Working Forest Group, the Conversion to Young Growth project; and the Southeast State Forest Management Plan;
  • Wood energy projects in Alaska;
  • Reforestation standard review process for Interior and Southcentral Alaska;
  • Forest sustainability certification;
  • 2015 forest practices monitoring and road condition survey results; and
  • Annual agency and board reports on Forest Resources and Practices Act effectiveness

For additional information contact: Marty Freeman, 269-8467, marty.freeman@alaska.gov

To read the full public notice and agenda, see the links below.

 

Keech named new Fairbanks/Delta area forester

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Division of Forestry has named Paul Keech as the new Fairbanks/Delta area forester.

Keech previously worked as DOF’s Northern Region resource forester and large project team leader. Keech has worked for DOF in some capacity for the past 25 years, including as a firefighter on the Tazlina Hotshots and Fairbanks Area initial attack crew, an initial attack fire dispatcher, an assistant fire management officer and a resource forester in the Fairbanks Area office.

In his new position as the Fairbanks/Delta area forester, Keech will oversee forest and wildfire management on 12.8 million acres of lands in the Tanana Valley State Forest. Keech said he hopes “to provide the same level of service or better to each community by continuing to conduct personal-use and commercial timber sales and wildfire protection services.”

Keech has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management/Forestry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He replaces acting Fairbanks Area Forester Paul Maki, effective immediately.

DNR News Release (PDF)

 

DNR considers revisions to fee regulations

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is considering whether it should revise its regulations regarding fees under 11 AAC Chapter 05. This sets the fees the different divisions of the department may charge for the wide variety of administrative and regulatory services provided under the department's statutory authorities. To read the full public notice of scoping for these regulations or review the existing fee regulations, see the links below.

 

State Forestry office in Haines closing for winter

(Haines, AK) - Due to recent budget cuts, the Alaska Division of Forestry office in Haines will be closed to the public for most of the winter starting on November 21, 2015.

The office will be closed from November 21 to January 10, 2016, and will reopen for two weeks on January 11 through January 22, 2016. The office will then be closed from January 23 to February 29, 2016, and will reopen on March 1, 2016. Budget cuts by the State Legislature have forced the Division of Forestry to lay off resource staff in both the Haines and Ketchikan offices, resulting in the winter closure of the Haines office. The Haines office, located in the Gateway Building on Main Street, will be reopened for two weeks in January to allow staff to deal with any issues that require a local presence and to oversee the beginning of winter logging in the area.

During the closure periods for the Haines office, anyone with questions regarding forestry issues in Haines should contact Joel Nudelman in Juneau by email at joel.nudelman@alaska.gov or by phone at (907) 465-5406. The Division of Forestry thanks the public for its understanding of the situation and will continue to address the needs of the Haines community with our remaining staff in Southeast.

  • Contact: Division of Forestry Public Information Officer Tim Mowry, 907-356-5512, tim.mowry@alaska.gov.

 

Burn Barrels no longer allowed during burn suspensions

Due to high fire danger and the number of fires burning across the state that have stretched Alaska's firefighting resources thin, the Division of Forestry has amended its policy regarding the use of burn barrels during burn suspensions.

For the remainder of the season, burn barrels and other approved burning devices cannot be used in areas where burning is suspended. This is an additional restriction to the ordinary rules of a burn suspension, during which burn permits and open burning are not allowed.

It is unfortunate that burn barrels and approved burning devices will be further restricted but given the dry conditions and the gravity of the current wildfire situation around Alaska fire managers felt it was necessary to prevent additional fires. State fire managers evaluate the fire danger on a daily basis and updates are posted on the Division of Forestry web page and on recorded messages at Area forestry offices.

 

State Starts Review of Reforestation Standards

 

For more information, see the Reforestation Standards Review web page at: http://forestry.alaska.gov/forestpractices.htm#reforestation

 

Forestry Social Media Sites

DOF now has Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube pages:

 

Individual links to Youtube content: