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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 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,



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: