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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.


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.


Forestry Social Media Sites

DOF now has Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube pages:


Individual links to Youtube content: