Board of Forestry to meet in Juneau on March 19-20, 2014
The Board of Forestry will meet to discuss statewide forestry issues on March 19-20 in the 2nd floor conference room in the Dept. of Environmental Conservation office, 410 Willoughby Ave., Juneau. The draft agenda for the meeting is attached below. For more information, contact Marty Freeman, DNR Division of Forestry, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-269-8467.
- Agenda - March 19-20, 2014 (DOC 39 KB)
State Opens Firewood Harvest Areas by Dillingham
The Division of Forestry and the Division of Mining, Land and Water have worked together to allow personal use firewood permit holders to gather dead wood from certain state lands near Dillingham for heating their homes this winter.
Read the full story in the Bristol Bay Times at:
*article clarification - the agreement is between Division of Forestry and Division of Mining Land and Water (both divisions are in the Department of Natural Resources).
Mass wasting regulations adopted
Amendments to the Forest Resources and Practices regulations governing forest operations and mass wasting have been adopted and will go into effect on September 25, 2013. The regulations are designed to prevent or minimize adverse effects of mass wasting on fish habitat and water quality. Click the link below for a copy of the regulations. For more information, contact Marty Freeman (email@example.com or 269-8467).
- Reg Text Final As Filed (PDF 103 KB)
Proposed Susitna State Forest
The Division of Forestry supports Senate Bill 28 and House Bill 79 that would establish a new State Forest in the Susitna Valley. The proposed 763,000 acre Susitna State Forest, if adopted, would become Alaska's fourth state forest, joining the Tanana Valley, Haines, and Southeast State Forests. Please see the following documents for more information.
- Briefing Paper: HB 79/SB 28 - Susitna State Forest and Negotiated Timber Sales (PDF 73 KB)
- Susitna Valley Forest Inventory (2010) (PDF 1.7 MB)
- State Forests and Public Access (PDF 1.04 MB)
Maps of the Proposed Susitna State Forest
- Entire Susitna State Forest Map (PDF 409 KB)
- Alexander Creek Block (PDF 409 KB)
- East Petersville Block (PDF 409 KB)
- West Petersville Block (PDF 409 KB)
- East Skwentna Block (PDF 409 KB)
- South Skwentna Block (PDF 409 KB)
- West Skwentna Block (PDF 409 KB)
- Houston Block (PDF 409 KB)
- Kashwitna Block (PDF 409 KB)
- Mount Susitna Block (PDF 409 KB)
- Red Shirt Lake Block (PDF 409 KB)
- Susitna Block (PDF 409 KB)
- Talkeetna Block (PDF 409 KB)
- Willer-Kash Block (PDF 409 KB)
- Yentna Block (PDF 409 KB)
The proposed Susitna State Forest lands are included within two state Area Plans:
Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force Releases Final Report
The Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force has released its report to Governor Sean Parnell recommending steps to improve economic conditions in Alaska's forest-dependent communities. Created by Administrative Order 258, the nine-member Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force reviewed issues affecting Alaska's timber industry. Largely due to declining timber volume offered for sale by the U.S. Forest Service, the Southeast Alaska timber industry has nearly collapsed.
The task force provided 34 recommendations to the governor addressing short-, mid- and long-term needs to stabilize and grow the timber industry.
These recommendations include:
- Expanding existing state forests and establishing new state forests
- Revising state statutes and regulations to address the needs of small timber operators
- Seeking state management of federal timber acreage in Southeast Alaska, or improved federal policies to meet timber supply demand
- Seeking a 250,000-acre state-federal land exchange, with dispersal of the newly acquired lands to Southeast communities for local economic use
- Pressing the federal government to advertise additional timber sales and exempt Alaska national forests from the 2001 Roadless Rule
The Final Report is available at:
- ATJTF Final Report 10-16-12 (PDF)
- Final Report Cover Letter (PDF)
- Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force Webpage
Forestry Social Media Sites
DOF now has Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube pages:
- http://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry (Alaska DNR- Division of Forestry (DOF))
- http://twitter.com/#!/ak_forestry (@AK_Forestry)
- http://www.youtube.com/user/alaskadnrdof (Alaska DNRDOF)
Individual links to Youtube content:
- Alaska's Green Gold- Fueling Tok's Future http://youtu.be/hc2_UO5KW18
- State of Alaska Wildland Fire Crews http://youtu.be/V-maLRAroVY
- Incident Commander Simulations http://youtu.be/MRkvVsByynI
- Rural Alaska Fire Prevention Video http://youtu.be/yPJjod4uurc
- Safe Burning - Burn Barrels http://youtu.be/aIU5DNb11R8
- Alaska Wildland Fire Orientation (Part 1 of 20) http://youtu.be/pt9HAFRCh7s