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Roadless Rule

On September 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Alaska Roadless Rule [USDA press release]. A copy of the final statement is available on the project website (click on the Analysis tab).

Governor Dunleavy issued a press release on September 25, 2020, supporting the USDA’s FEIS:

After a thorough public process, the Forest Service’s final Environmental Impact Statement identifies its Alternate Six – an unconditional, full exemption – as its preferred alternative. The Record of Decision (ROD) and final Alaska Roadless Rule are expected to be effective immediately after being published in late October.

For more information about the public process, see this link to the Alaska Roadless Rule Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

State Board of Forestry plans August 25 meeting

The public is invited to participate in a Board of Forestry teleconference meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to discuss statewide forestry issues.

The nine-member Board of Forestry advises the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) 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 meeting include:

  • Forestry and forest practices budgets and proposed legislation
  • Division of Forestry COVID-19 mitigation
  • Statewide forest management issues including reports on Tongass Roadless Rule litigation, the Mental Health Trust land exchange, and Division of Forestry timber sales and partnerships with federal agencies
  • Presentations on fuel break projects, young growth timber, and carbon credits
  • Progress on board initiatives, including proposed and potential recreation/forestry partnerships near Fairbanks and Haines

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 10:15 a.m.

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

Connect via webinar:
Meeting Number: 141 254 4770
Password: UGwmMA9aj75

Connect via phone:
Meeting Number (access code): 1412544770#
Meeting Password: 84966292#

For a copy of the agenda, see the link below. Contact Alison Arians by noon on Monday, August 24, for additional information about the meeting, or for special accommodations due to audio or visual impairment. You may contact Arians at any time to get on the mailing list for announcements of future Board of Forestry meetings.

CONTACT: Alison Arians, 907-748-3712,

BOF Agenda 8-25-20.pdf

Fire Prevention Tele-Workshops scheduled for Skagway (May 20) & Haines (May 21)

The Alaska Division of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service invite you to join us for our first virtual workshop and learn about different fire prevention programs.

The workshop is designed to help private and municipal property owners prepare for the 2020 fire season. Staff from the Division of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service will share information to help residents be better prepared before wildland fire threatens their property. They will share information about national and state programs aimed at teaching landscaping strategies that can help limit the spread of wildland fire near forest-surrounded homes or communities and will answer general questions about wildland fire prevention and protection.

For more info, contact Greg Palmieri, (907) 766-2120 or

Skagway Fire Prevention Tele-Workshop

May 20th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Meeting Information:
Meeting Link: Join Here
Meeting Number: 286 038 036
Password: Skagway (7524929 from phones)

Join by phone

  • 1-855-244-8681 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
  • 1-650-479-3207 Call-in number (US/Canada)
  • Access code: 286 038 036

Toll-free calling restrictions

Haines Fire Prevention Tele-Workshop

May 21st, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Meeting Information:
Meeting Link: Join Here
Meeting Number: 284 791 384
Password: Haines (424637 from phones)

Join by phone

  • 1-855-244-8681 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
  • 1-650-479-3207 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
  • Access code: 284 791 384

Toll-free calling restrictions

Comment sought on Tanana Valley State Forest five-year timber sale schedule

The Alaska Division of Forestry is now accepting public comments on its proposed Five-Year Schedule of timber sales in the Tanana Valley State Forest.

The schedule is a scoping document that outlines proposed timber sale activity to be untaken on Tanana Valley State Forest and other State land over the next five years. It includes proposed timber sales for state fiscal years 2020 to 2024 in Fairbanks, Delta and Tok. (FY2020 runs July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020). Detailed maps are included for the first two years to assist in site-specific review of the areas.

The draft of the five-year schedule is available at Hard copies are available at state forestry offices in Delta, Fairbanks and Tok. The individual sale listing and associated shapefiles can be found using the new AK DNR DOF Resources Viewer web app, at

This interactive online resource will serve as a hub for current information regarding timber sales, reforestation, and the Five-Year Schedule of Timber Sales for State Forestry.

Comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29 to be considered.

For more information or to submit comments in person, contact Resource Forester Kevin Meany at (907) 451-2602 or

State Forestry extends grant deadline for creative tree growing to June 1

The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Community Forestry Program has extended the deadline for non-profit organizations and government entities to apply for grants to fund demonstration projects for tree plantings or orchards.

The grants, of up to $15,000, are intended to fund projects identifying different types of tree species, varieties or cultivars that can thrive in Alaska’s unique climates, and to demonstrate new or innovative ways to help them do so. The new application deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 1.

Project applications could include, but are not limited to, new technology, techniques, or approaches for street tree plantings, containerized orchards, seedling cultivation, biochar use or other pioneering ideas. Applicants are encouraged to be creative.

With funding assistance from the USDA Forest Service, the Division of Forestry has approximately $25,000 in total grant funds available. Applicants must be non-profit organizations or government entities.

Grants can be used for the purchase of A) trees, saplings, seedlings, or orchard trees; B) mulch, stakes, hoses, gloves, or other planting items and materials; C) educational materials; D) other required material and equipment; and E) limited shipping services.

Trees must be planted on public land within a community, and grant applications must include a three-year maintenance plan. Applicants working with schools are encouraged to consider involving students in the research and design, and to be creative and thoughtful in their plan design.

These projects will help the Division of Forestry evaluate the success of different demonstration and test projects, share results, and make recommendations.

For more information and application instructions, go to

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: