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Division of Forestry seeks members for Tanana Valley State Forest Citizens Advisory Committee

The Alaska Division of Forestry is seeking applications for four seats on the Tanana Valley State Forest Citizens' Advisory Committee. The terms for four members will expire on December 31, 2018. Reappointments will be considered for members with expiring terms who express an interest in serving another term on the committee.

This 12-person committee advises the Division on plans and proposals for managing the 1.8 million acre Tanana Valley State Forest and other forested lands managed by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources in the Tanana Valley. The committee is also a forum for gathering public opinion on management of state forests and helps build a regional consensus about forestry. These are unpaid, volunteer positions. Meetings are held at least one a year, in April, and at other times as needed. More information about the committee may be found at http://www.forestry.alaska.gov/tvsf_committee.htm. Descriptions of the four seats are provided below.

  • Mining Industry. Represents organizations and individuals involved in the mineral exploration, extraction, and processing industries.
  • Regional Representative - Lower Tanana Valley. Represents the public on a regional basis. This includes both commercial and non-commercial as well as consumptive and nonconsumptive uses. The representative should reside in the western Tanana Valley west of the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
  • Tourism Industry. Represents the commercial operators who directly use forest lands as well as those whose customers are incidentally exposed.
  • Private Forest User. Represents the incidental forest user for both consumptive and nonconsumptive activities including subsistence and personal use.

If you are interested in one of these positions, mail a letter explaining your interests and your qualifications to: Alison Arians, Alaska Division of Forestry, 550 W. 7th Ave. Suite 1450, Anchorage, AK 99501-3566, or e-mail it to alison.arians@alaska.gov, so that it is received no later than 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 16, 2018. For more information, call Alison Arians at (907) 269-8467.

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: