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Personal-use woodcutting area near Salcha opens on short-term basis

(Fairbanks, AK) - The Division of Forestry has opened up a new personal-use woodcutting area near Salcha that will be open for a few weeks until it is closed for the season.

The Salcha Salvage Woodlot, located on about 20 acres on two islands in the frozen Tanana River, opened to the public on Monday. Most of the available wood consists of balsam poplar and white spruce. A Division of Forestry firewood cutting permit is required and only dead trees may be cut. Permits are available online at https://dnr.alaska.gov/FPS/ or in person at DOF offices in Fairbanks or Delta.

The woodcutting area is part of a 300-acre salvage timber sale proposed by DOF. The available timber was killed in the last three to five years as a result of seasonal flooding due to silt deposition and the meandering nature of the river. State forestry officials designed the sale to salvage as much timber as possible before further damage occurs due to rot, insects, wind and more flooding.

The woodcutting area can be accessed at approximately 318 Mile Richardson Highway via the Old Valdez Trail. The three-mile access route follows Old Valdez Trail for approximately 1.75 miles before coming to the first of three ice crossings on a winter road the Division of Forestry contracted to have plowed open last week. The winter road is approximately 1.5 miles long and is very rough in places. Four-wheel drives vehicles are highly recommended to access the area.

"Next winter when the snow fills in and traffic/use packs it down, the road will be smoother," Fairbanks Resource Forester Kevin Meany said.

Forestry staff will periodically check the condition of ice crossings to monitor ice thickness but permit holders need to use caution when traveling to the woodcutting area. The area will be closed once breakup begins, however woodcutting permits are good for a year, so they will be good next winter as well, Meany said.

For more information on the Salcha woodcutting area or to check on the condition of the road, call Meany at 451-2602 or consult the DOF website at http://forestry.alaska.gov/wood/firewood.htm.

Contact: Kevin Meany, 451-2602, kevin.meany@alaska.gov

Public Notice - Draft of Southeast State Forest Management Plan

The Division of Forestry is seeking your comments on the draft Southeast State Forest Management Plan. Maps of the forest units and the draft plan may be downloaded below. Copies of the plan may be viewed in the libraries of Craig, Ketchikan, Petersburg, and Wrangell or in the Division of Forestry office below.

Comments must be received by 4:00 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2015, and may be submitted by mail to the Division of Forestry, 2417 Tongass Avenue, Suite 213, Ketchikan, AK 99901, by email to dnr.forsesf@alaska.gov or via the Online Comment Form. The division is scheduling community meetings in several locations during the public comment period. See the state forest webpage at
http://forestry.alaska.gov/stateforests.htm#sesf for more information.

Public Hearings on the Draft Southeast State Forest Management Plan

Ketchikan April 14 in the Ketchikan Public Library, 1110 Copper Ridge
Petersburg April 15 in the Petersburg Indian Assoc., John Hanson Hall (ANB), 102 N. Nordic St.
Wrangell April 22 in the City Hall, 205 Brueger Street
Edna Bay April 23 at the Edna Bay School, 100 School house Lane
Coffman Cove April 24 in the Coffman Cove Ferry Terminal

All hearings will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., except Ketchikan's, which ends at 7:45 p.m.

Public Review Draft of the Southeast State Forest Management Plan

Maps of the Southeast State Forest

For more information contact:
Clarence Clark at (907) 225-6619 or clarence.clark@alaska.gov
Jim Schwarber at (907) 451-2704 or james.schwarber@alaska.gov

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