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State Board of Forestry plans August 3 teleconference meeting

The public is invited to participate in a teleconferenced Board of Forestry meeting on Tuesday, August 3, from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. to discuss statewide forestry issues.

The nine-member Board of Forestry advises the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources on forestry regulations, provides a forum for those interested in forestry to discuss and seek resolution of issues concerning Alaska’s forest resources, and makes recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on research needs.

Topics on the board’s agenda for the Aug. 3 meeting include:

  • Forestry and forest practices budgets and proposed legislation
  • Statewide forest management issues, including reports on the Tongass Roadless Rule, the Mental Health Trust land exchange, and Division of Forestry timber sales
  • Fire season update and hazardous fuels management projects

Other forestry matters may be included on the agenda. The meeting is intended to comply with the requirements of AS 41.17.047(b) and (d). Public comment is scheduled for 11:50 a.m.

The board meeting will be accessible via Zoom as a teleconference and webinar.

Connect via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 966 3581 7413
Passcode: Forestry

Connect via phone:
(346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 966 3581 7413
Passcode: 64651259

See the draft agenda attached below. Contact Alison Arians before noon on Monday, Aug. 2 for additional information, or for special accommodations due to audio or visual impairment. Contact her at any time to be added to the mailing list for announcements of future Board of Forestry meetings.

CONTACT: Alison Arians, (907) 748-3712,


Celebrate trees by observing Arbor in Alaska on May 17

Plant a tree. Take a stroll through the woods. Start recycling paper products. Whatever activity you choose, the Division of Forestry encourages Alaskans to celebrate Arbor Day on Monday, May 17.

Established in 1872, Arbor Day is the day set aside each year to plant trees, educate children and adults about the importance of trees, and recognize the important role trees play in our lives. In Alaska, Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Monday of May.

Governor Mike Dunleavy recently signed a proclamation denoting May 17 as Arbor Day in Alaska, in which he invites Alaskans young and old to honor one of the state’s greatest assets – its forests.

The governor noted that the spruce bark beetle outbreak of recent years has decimated more than 1 million acres of Southcentral Alaska forests, and killed many thousands of white spruce trees on the Kenai Peninsula, and in the Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

“One way to repair some of the damage spruce beetles have wrought on our forests and the trees in our back yards is to replace those dead trees by planting new ones,” Dunleavy said. “Arbor Day is the perfect opportunity to help restore our forests and yards.”

To learn more about planting and caring for trees, visit the division’s Community Forestry Program website at: For ideas on how to celebrate Arbor Day, visit the national Arbor Day Foundation website at:

CONTACT: Jim Renkert, 907-269-8465,

Alaska Community Forest Council offers Arbor Day grants

The Alaska Community Forest Council is offering grants to help organizations commemorate Arbor Day in Alaska, which will be celebrated on May 17.

Arbor Day is America’s national tree planting holiday, a day set aside to plant ceremonial trees, educate children about the significance of trees, and honor the crucial role that trees play in our communities and lives. In Alaska, Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Monday in May.

The Alaska Community Forest Council is a nonprofit organization with 15 members from around the state, which advises the Division of Forestry on how to develop and deliver community forestry programs to Alaskans, support education, and encourage public involvement.

The council is offering grants in the $200-$500 range, which can be used to plant trees or shrubs, or support other activities that promote Arbor Day in Alaska. The grants are aimed at local governments, schools, and nonprofit organizations. Grant applications are accepted year-round. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and grant awards will be announced following the council’s quarterly meetings in May, August, November, and March.

The grants are intended to fund projects that:

  • Generate awareness of and participation in Arbor Day in Alaska
  • Increase public awareness of the benefits of trees and forests and build support for planting and caring for public trees.
  • Provide a public demonstration of the benefits of trees and/or proper tree selection, planting and care.
  • Use trees to solve community problems. Examples include reducing or treating storm water, creating wind breaks or living snow fences, restoring streams and rivers, planting fruit trees to provide healthy food, screening surfaces prone to graffiti, calming traffic, and beautifying school yards.

Grant funds were provided by contributions from the Society of American Foresters Cook Inlet and Yukon River Chapters, and Paul’s Tree Service. For more information and grant application forms, visit:

CONTACT: Gino Graziano, council member, 907-786-6315,

Spruce Beetle Website Launched

The Spruce Beetle Working Group has recently launched a website with information on spruce beetle in Alaska's trees and forests. It is designed to be used by anyone who is interested in spruce beetles, has questions about spruce beetles, or has spruce beetle issues in their trees.

This website is a collaborative effort among the US Forest Service, the Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry, and the UAF-Cooperative Extension Service.


Forestry Social Media Sites

DOF now has Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube pages:

Individual links to Youtube content: