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Tanana Valley State Forest Citizens’ Advisory Committee to meet Jan. 26

The Tanana Valley State Forest Citizens’ Advisory Committee will meet to discuss forestry issues on Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Large Conference Room in the Department of Natural Resources building, located at 3700 Airport Road, Fairbanks, Alaska. This committee advises the Division on plans and proposals for managing the 1.8 million acre Tanana Valley State Forest, along with other forested state-owned lands within the Tanana Valley. The public is invited to attend. Public testimony will be accepted during the meeting.

The agenda will include the following topics:

  • Regional Forester Update
  • Forestry Updates for Delta, Fairbanks, and Tok
  • Drone Presentation
  • Public Comments
  • Member Comments

If you are unable to attend in person and would like to participate by teleconference, please contact Paul Keech at the Division of Forestry in Fairbanks via email at paul.keech@alaska.gov or you may call him at (907) 451-2601.

For additional information about the meeting, or for special accommodations due to audio or visual impairment, contact Paul Keech using the contact information above or visit the committee’s webpage at http://forestry.alaska.gov/tvsf_committee.htm. Any individuals wishing to receive future announcements of Citizens’ Advisory Committee meetings by e-mail or in hard copy should contact Keech to be added to the committee’s 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:


Individual links to Youtube content: