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Public meeting: Fairbanks Rosie Creek recreational trails + working forest partnership

Fairbanks residents are invited to participate in a meeting about the Division of Forestry’s proposal to improve a seven-mile loop trail in the Rosie Creek unit of the Tanana Valley State Forest. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 14th from 7-8pm at the Potter Road Fire Station. (3205 Potter Road, Fairbanks, Alaska)

Alaska’s Division of Forestry and Board of Forestry are applying for a State Parks Recreational Trails Program Grant to improve a seven-mile loop of the Rosie Creek Trail system (PDF), within the Tanana Valley State Forest. The grant proposal will include funding to:

  1. add signage for way-finding along the trail;
  2. put up interpretive signs for three themes:
    • fire ecology (the trail goes through the 1983 Rosie Creek Fire),
    • forest research (the trail intersects 5 plantations of native and non-native species planted as trials), and
    • forest management in the Interior;
  3. upgrade an existing material site for better trailhead parking; and
  4. maintain the existing forestry road a bit to keep it in good shape.

The Rosie Creek area offers an opportunity to combine a working state forest with a well-signed and maintained recreational trail. The forestry roads in the area are already used as trails by bikers, skiers, hunters, snowmachiners, dogsledders, runners, and other users. This project would make it easier and safer (trail signs, maintenance and better parking) and more interesting (interpretive signs) for people to use the trails, while highlighting the forestry management activities in the State Forest.

If you are not able to attend the meeting, but have comments or questions about the proposed project, please contact Alison Arians at the Division of Forestry in Anchorage by email or at 907-269-8467 no later than 12 p.m. on Monday, November 4.

Palmer: Meet your Board of Forestry!

The public is invited to join the Board of Forestry at 5:30pm on August 27 at Turkey Red in Palmer for an informal social hour.

550 South Alaska Street, Palmer, private room
Refreshments available for purchase

The Board will be in Palmer for a fieldtrip and meeting on August 27th and 28th, and will be available in the evening to meet informally with members of the community.

What does the Board of Forestry do?

The Board of Forestry provides guidance to the State on forest practices. The Board works to resolve forest practices issues, identifies research needs, and coordinates compliance and effectiveness monitoring of the Forest Resources and Practices Act.

Who are the members of the Board of Forestry?

The Board is made up of representatives from commercial fishing, environmental, mining, and recreation organizations; an Alaska Native corporation, and a forest industry trade association, along with a non-governmental professional forester and a professional fish/wildlife biologist.

For more information, contact Alison Arians by email or at (907) 269-8467.

Board of Forestry to meet August 28

The public is invited to participate in a Board of Forestry meeting on Wednesday, August 28, in Palmer at the Division of Forestry’s Coastal Region Office (101 Airport Road, Palmer) to discuss statewide forestry issues. The meeting will also be teleconferenced from three locations statewide (see below for details). The meeting will run from 8 am to 2:45 pm and public comments are scheduled for 10am.

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 to 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 August 28 meeting include:

  • Annual resource agency and Board of Forestry reports on the effectiveness of the Forest Resources and Practices Act
  • Forestry and forest practices budgets for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2019
  • Education campaign on new wildland fire prevention statutes
  • Coastal forest management issues including reports on Tongass Roadless Rule litigation, the Mental Health Trust land exchange, timber sales under the state-federal Good Neighbor Agreement, and salvage harvest potential of beetle-killed spruce in the Matanuska Susitna Borough
  • Statewide forest management issues including reports on Division of Forestry timber sales and Forest Resources and Practices Act implementation
  • Presentations on blowdown prediction/reduction modeling and a trails/outdoor recreation initiative

The Board meeting will be accessible via teleconference and webinar. Teleconference call-in locations will be available in the following communities:

  • Juneau: DNR 4th floor conference room A, 400 Willoughby Ave.
  • Anchorage: DNR 550 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 1450
  • Fairbanks: 3700 Airport Way, DNR large conference room

Those outside of Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau seeking to participate in the teleconference should contact Alison Arians at the Division of Forestry in Anchorage at alison.arians@alaska.gov or at 907-269-8467 no later than noon on Monday, August 26. If no one has contacted her and no one is present at a teleconference site by 9 a.m., the teleconference at that site may be terminated.

The draft agenda is attached below. Contact Arians for additional information, for special accommodations due to audio or visual impairment, or to get on the mailing list for announcements of future Board of Forestry meetings.

 

Join in celebrating Arbor Day in Alaska on May 20

Plant a tree. Take a walk in the woods. Start recycling paper products - whatever you choose to do, the Alaska Division of Forestry encourages Alaskans to take time to celebrate Arbor Day on Monday, May 20.

Governor Michael J. Dunleavy signed a proclamation denoting May 20 as Arbor Day in Alaska and invites Alaskans young and old to pay tribute to one of the state's greatest assets - its forests.

"Healthy and properly managed trees and forests provide environmental, economic and social benefits to our state, improving the quality of life for all Alaskans," the governor's proclamation said.

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

Communities across Alaska will be holding events to celebrate Arbor Day. If you would like to learn more about planting and caring for trees, or would like to join in an Arbor Day celebration near you, visit the Alaska Division of Forestry Community Forestry Program's website at http://forestry.alaska.gov/community. Click on the "News and Events" page for a list of Arbor Day celebrations around the state.

CONTACT: Alaska Division of Forestry Community Forestry Program Coordinator Jim Renkert, 907-269-8465, jim.renkert@alaska.gov

 

Comment & Response document for adopted wildland fire regulations

The document attached below includes:

  1. Public comments received on the proposed changes to the regulations in 11 AAC 95.400 - .495, pertaining to wildland fire prevention and enforcement, and
  2. The Division of Forestry's responses to the comments and changes made to the draft regulations to create the final adopted regulations.

 

State Forestry burn permits required starting April 1

The Alaska Division of Forestry reminds residents that general burn permits for open debris burning and the use of burn barrels are required starting April 1 in areas under state wildland fire protection.

Burn permits are required annually from April 1 through August 31 and residents must obtain a new permit at the start of each season. Burn permits are free and available at State forestry offices, most local fire departments or can be downloaded and printed at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn. This website is a key resource for learning about safe burning practices in Alaska.

Debris burning and the use of burn barrels are the leading cause of wildland fires in Alaska. Burn permits contain instructions for safe and legal burning.

Residents are required to read and sign the permit before burning. They must also call the forestry office listed on the permit or check online each day before burning to ensure that burning is allowed. Permittees must have the burn permit in their possession when burning. Burn permits are NOT required for camping, cooking or warming fires under 3 feet in diameter.

Burn barrels and debris burning are not permitted within some municipalities. Residents should check with their local forestry office or fire authorities to determine if burning is allowed in their area.

Burn piles larger than 10 feet in diameter and 4 feet high require a large-scale burn permit, which requires a site inspection by a State Forestry Prevention Officer and a burn plan prior to a permit being issued.

Anyone who fails to obtain or adhere to the conditions of a burn permit can be held criminally liable for damage caused by an escaped fire.

CONTACT: Tim Mowry, Alaska Division of Forestry public information officer, 907-356-5512 or tim.mowry@alaska.gov

 

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: