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Board of Forestry to meet by teleconference on December 13

The Board of Forestry will meet by teleconference from 8:00 to 4:45 on Tuesday, December 13. Teleconference call-in locations will be available in four communities as listed below:

  • Juneau: DEC 2nd floor conference room, 410 Willoughby Ave
  • Anchorage: Division of Forestry conference room, 550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1450 
  • Fairbanks: Department of Natural Resources large conference room, 3700 Airport Way
  • Ketchikan: Legislative Information Office, 1900 1st Ave., Suite 310

 

A copy of the full public notice and the meeting agenda are available at the following links:

 

For more information, contact Marty Freeman at marty.freeman@alaska.gov or 907-269-8467.

 

Tanana Valley State Forest Advisory Committee Recruitment

The Alaska Division of Forestry is seeking applications for the following five seats on the Tanana Valley State Forest Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Forest Industry; Value-added Processing; Forest Science; Recreation; and Regional Representative - Upper Tanana Valley. One seat is vacant, and the terms for four others expire on December 31, 2016.

This 12-person committee advises the Division on plans and proposals for managing the 1.8 million acre Tanana Valley State Forest and other forested lands managed by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources in the Tanana Valley. The committee is also a forum for gathering public opinion on management of state forests and helps build a regional consensus about forestry. These are unpaid, volunteer positions. Meetings are held about four times each year. More information about the committee may be found at http://forestry.alaska.gov/tvsf_committee

If you are interested in one of these positions send a letter explaining your interests and your qualifications to: Jim Schwarber, Alaska Division of Forestry, 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709-4699; fax it to (907) 451-2690; or e-mail to james.schwarber@alaska.gov, so that it is received not later than 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 4, 2017. For more information, call a Division of Forestry Office at Fairbanks (907) 451-2704 or Tok (907) 883-5134.

 

Proposed reforestation regulation amendments

The Department of Natural Resources proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 11 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with reforestation standards and reforestation documentation for commercial forestry operations in Southcentral and Interior Alaska (Forest Practices Regions II and III) in 11 AAC 95.235 and .375-.385, and with documentation for reforestation exemptions statewide in 11 AAC 95.375(g).  Written comments on the proposed changes are due by 4:30 p.m. on November 23, 2016.

 The proposed changes are the result of a 2-1/2 year process to review recent reforestation research and update the current reforestation standards in the Forest Resources and Practices Act (FRPA).  A Science and Technical Committee developed recommendations which were reviewed by a stakeholders group with consideration of economic impacts.  The Board of Forestry endorsed the final recommendations, which are incorporated into the attached proposal.

 The proposed changes apply to FRPA regions II and III, the boreal and transitional forests in Southcentral and Interior Alaska.  In addition, a recommendation to allow new methods of documenting dead and dying trees in areas where reforestation exemptions are requested would apply to all regions.

 For additional information, including instructions on submitting comments and requesting special accommodations in order to participate in this process, see the following documents:

 

 If you have additional questions, please contact Marty Freeman at 907-269-8467 or marty.freeman@alaska.gov .

 

Commissioner Adopts Southeast State Forest Management Plan

The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources adopted the Southeast State Forest Management Plan (SESFMP) on February 29, 2016. In addition, the Commissioner reclassified nearly 46,600 acres of state land to forest land, consistent with the adopted plan. Requests for reconsideration of this decision must be received within 20 calendar days of the public notice issued on March 2, 2016.

A person affected by this decision may request reconsideration, in accordance with 11 AAC 02. Any reconsideration request must be received within 20 calendar days after the date of the public notice of issuance of this decision, as defined in 11 AAC 02.040(c) and (d), and may be mailed or delivered to Marty Rutherford, Acting Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources, 550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1400, Anchorage, Alaska 99501; faxed to 1-907-269-8918; or sent by electronic mail to dnr.appeals@alaska.gov.

 

Southeast State Forest Maps

 

For additional information contact: James Schwarber, (907) 451-2704, james.schwarber@alaska.gov

 

 

Keech named new Fairbanks/Delta area forester

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Division of Forestry has named Paul Keech as the new Fairbanks/Delta area forester.

Keech previously worked as DOF’s Northern Region resource forester and large project team leader. Keech has worked for DOF in some capacity for the past 25 years, including as a firefighter on the Tazlina Hotshots and Fairbanks Area initial attack crew, an initial attack fire dispatcher, an assistant fire management officer and a resource forester in the Fairbanks Area office.

In his new position as the Fairbanks/Delta area forester, Keech will oversee forest and wildfire management on 12.8 million acres of lands in the Tanana Valley State Forest. Keech said he hopes “to provide the same level of service or better to each community by continuing to conduct personal-use and commercial timber sales and wildfire protection services.”

Keech has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management/Forestry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He replaces acting Fairbanks Area Forester Paul Maki, effective immediately.

DNR News Release (PDF)

 

State Forestry office in Haines closing for winter

(Haines, AK) - Due to recent budget cuts, the Alaska Division of Forestry office in Haines will be closed to the public for most of the winter starting on November 21, 2015.

The office will be closed from November 21 to January 10, 2016, and will reopen for two weeks on January 11 through January 22, 2016. The office will then be closed from January 23 to February 29, 2016, and will reopen on March 1, 2016. Budget cuts by the State Legislature have forced the Division of Forestry to lay off resource staff in both the Haines and Ketchikan offices, resulting in the winter closure of the Haines office. The Haines office, located in the Gateway Building on Main Street, will be reopened for two weeks in January to allow staff to deal with any issues that require a local presence and to oversee the beginning of winter logging in the area.

During the closure periods for the Haines office, anyone with questions regarding forestry issues in Haines should contact Joel Nudelman in Juneau by email at joel.nudelman@alaska.gov or by phone at (907) 465-5406. The Division of Forestry thanks the public for its understanding of the situation and will continue to address the needs of the Haines community with our remaining staff in Southeast.

  • Contact: Division of Forestry Public Information Officer Tim Mowry, 907-356-5512, tim.mowry@alaska.gov.

 

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: