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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 (marty.freeman@alaska.gov or 269-8467).

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 686,800 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.

Maps of the Proposed Susitna State Forest

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:

Forestry Social Media Sites

DOF now has Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube pages:

Individual links to Youtube content: