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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.


Board of Forestry to meet in Anchorage November 12

The Board of Forestry will meet in Anchorage and by teleconference from 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on November 12 to discuss statewide forestry issues. The public is invited to attend the meeting.

Topics for the board meeting include forest practices budgets, forestry legislation and regulations, reforestation standards, southeast forest planning and management, wood energy, forest sustainability certification, and Division of Forestry program updates. A link to the agenda follows.

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 at 1:15 p.m.

The Board of Forestry meeting will be in the Department of Environmental Conservation 1st floor conference room, 555 Cordova St., Anchorage. Teleconference sites will be available in Fairbanks and Juneau. The Fairbanks teleconference location is the Department of Natural Resources large conference room, located at 3700 Airport Way. The Juneau site is the Department of Natural Resources Commissioner's conference room on the 5th floor of the Department of Natural Resources building, located at 400 Willoughby Ave.

Anyone outside of Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau who would like to participate in the teleconference should contact Marty Freeman at the Division of Forestry in Anchorage at marty.freeman@alaska.gov or call her at 907-269-8467 no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10. If no one has contacted Marty and no one is present at a teleconference site by 9 a.m., the teleconference may be terminated at that site.

For additional information about the meeting, or for special accommodations due to audio or visual impairment, contact Marty using the contact information above. Any individuals wishing to receive announcements of future Board of Forestry meetings by e-mail or in hard copy should contact Marty to be added to the mailing list.


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:


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