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Tanana Valley State Forest Citizens' Advisory Committee to meet on April 20

The Tanana Valley State Forest Citizens’ Advisory Committee will meet in Fairbanks to discuss forestry issues on Thursday, April 20, 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:

  • Division of Forestry Update
  • Forestry Updates for Delta, Fairbanks, and Tok
  • 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. Any individuals wishing to receive future announcements of Citizens’ Advisory Committee meetings by e-mail or in hard copy should contact Paul to be added to the committee’s mailing list.


Community Forest Council offers grants to celebrate Arbor Day

The Alaska Community Forest Council is offering small grants to help celebrate Arbor Day on May 15. Grants will be in the $200-$500 range, and can be used to plant a tree or support other activities that promote Arbor Day in Alaska. 

Grant funds were provided to the Council from: The Society of American Foresters (SAF); Cook Inlet and Yukon River Chapters, The Alaska Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Paul’s Tree Service of Anchorage.

Applications are due by 4:30 PM on Friday, April 21, 2017. Information and an application forms can be found at http://forestry.alaska.gov/community/council.


New 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 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 www.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 his/her possession when burning. Burn permits are NOT required for camping 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   


Board of Forestry to meet in Ketchikan April 14

The public is invited to a state Board of Forestry meeting In Ketchikan on Friday, April 14th.  The meeting will also be teleconferenced to Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks.  Topics include effectiveness of the Alaska Forest Resources and Practices Act, forestry funding and management, legislation and regulations, wood energy, forest sustainability verification, and forest practices monitoring.  The meeting will be from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. with public comment at 1:45 p.m.  The agenda and public notice are attached below.  For more information, contact Marty Freeman at 907-269-8467 or marty.freeman@alaska.gov.



2016 Division of Forestry Program Summaries


State adopts amendments to reforestation regulations

The state has adopted amendments to the Forest Resources and Practices Act reforestation regulations for commercial forestry operations in Southcentral and Interior Alaska.  The new regulations will go into effect on March 9, 2017.


For a summary of the new regulations, see:  Reforestation Regulation Amendments - Intent and Summary (PDF)

For the text of the new regulations, see:  Reforestation Regulation Text (PDF)


For more information, see the Reforestation Standards Review web page at: http://forestry.alaska.gov/forestpractices.htm#reforestation or contact Marty Freeman at marty.freeman@alaska.gov or 907-269-8467.


Forestry Social Media Sites

DOF now has Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube pages:


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