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Alaska Community Forest Council meeting rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 15

The Alaska Community Forest Council is holding its next quarterly meeting on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atwood State Office Building, 550 W. Seventh Avenue, Anchorage, Room 1450. Members of the public can attend in person or call in to a statewide teleconference of the meeting at (800) 315-6338 and passcode 08465#. This meeting was originally scheduled for November 8 but was re-scheduled

As part of the meeting, Devany Plentovich of the Alaska Energey Authority will be giving a 10 a.m. presentation about biomass activities in Alaska and Chelsea Ward-Waller from the Municipality of Anchorage will be speaking about the Anchorage Climate Action Plan at 10:45 a.m.

Community Forester Jim Renkert will be talking about the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Recovery Program and how residents impacted by the McKinley Fire and spruce beetle outbreak in Southcentral Alaska could receive free trees to replace trees lost to the wildfire and to spruce beetle infestation. The Council will also hear from Division of Forestry Community Assistance Forester Josh Hightower regarding recommended Alaska landscape trees versus Arbor Day Foundation recommendations.

The Council is a nonprofit organization and advisory body to the Division of Forestry that works to improve Alaskans’ quality of life by expanding and caring for urban and community forests. The council promotes the management of trees and forests within communities to maximize the many economic, environmental and social benefits that trees provide.

Information about the Council and the Division of Forestry’s Community Forestry Program are available on the web at http://forestry.alaska.gov/community/council or by contacting the Community Forestry Program office at 296-8465, communityforestry@alaska.gov or by contacting Nan Mundy, Chair, Alaska Community Forest Council at 907-957-9018, nanmundy@gci.net.

CONTACT: Jim Renkert, 907-269-8465, communityforestry@alaska.gov

State Board of Forestry to meet: December 3

The public is invited to participate in a Board of Forestry teleconference meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. to discuss statewide forestry issues.

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 Dec. 3 meeting include:

  • Forestry and forest practices budgets for fiscal year 2020, which began July 1, 2019
  • Education campaign on new wildland fire prevention laws, and a Board of Forestry update about wildland fire issues
  • 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 and effectiveness monitoring, and progress on the Alaska State Forest Action Plan
  • Update on the Tongass Roadless Rule process
  • Proposed partnership between forest roads and outdoor recreation in the Rosie Creek unit of the Tanana Valley State Forest, near Fairbanks

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 a.m.

The board meeting will be accessible via both teleconference and webinar. Teleconference call-in locations will be available in:

  • Juneau, at DNR’s fourth floor Conference Room A at 400 Willoughby Ave.
  • Anchorage, at DNR’s offices at 550 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 1450
  • Fairbanks, at DNR’s large conference room at 3700 Airport Way

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 12 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. 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.

For a copy of the draft agenda, see the attachment 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.

CONTACT: Alison Arians, 907-269-8467, alison.arians@alaska.gov

Agenda(PDF)

 

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: