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State Board of Forestry plans meeting for February 23

The public is invited to participate in a Board of Forestry teleconference meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 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 Feb. 23 meeting include:

  • Annual resource agency and Board of Forestry reports on the effectiveness of the Forest Resources and Practices Act
  • Results of 2020’s compliance monitoring
  • Forestry and forest practices budgets and proposed legislation
  • Statewide forest management issues, including reports on the Tongass Roadless Rule, the Mental Health Trust land exchange, and Division of Forestry timber sales
  • Presentations on predicting windthrow and Tongass sustainable trails projects

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 1:10 p.m.

The board meeting will be accessible via WebEx as a teleconference and webinar.

To connect via webinar:
Join from the meeting link:
https://stateofalaska.webex.com/stateofalaska/j.php?MTID=m837cbc3d7f2d222e4ca5258582831441

Join by meeting number:
Meeting number (access code): 177 362 8290
Meeting password: mvZPWXC4S64

To connect via phone:
Call-in toll number: 650-479-3207
Meeting number: 1773628290#
Meeting password: 68979924

The agenda is posted below. Contact Alison Arians before noon on Monday, Feb. 22 for additional information, or for special accommodations due to audio or visual impairment. You may contact Arians at any time to get on the mailing list for announcements of future Board of Forestry meetings.

Contact: Alison Arians, 907-748-3712, alison.arians@alaska.gov

Agenda (PDF)

How to subscribe to Alaska Online Public Notices for your area

Did you know that you can sign up to receive online public notice emails for your local area? If you have access to an email account, you don’t have to rely on fliers or newspaper notices to find out what projects or activities are proposed on state land near you.

Go to: https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/, scroll down to Subscriptions, and click on “search now” to build a custom subscription. If you’re most interested in timber sales, or other land use activities, you can choose Department: Natural Resources, and Category: Public Notices. (You don’t need to select a Sub-Category.) Then choose the areas you’re interested in (for example, Tok or Wrangell). Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click “subscribe,” choose email, and enter your email address in the pop-up box. You’ll get an email back from the system, and you’ll need to click on a link to confirm your subscription.

Roadless Rule

On September 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Alaska Roadless Rule [USDA press release]. A copy of the final statement is available on the project website (click on the Analysis tab).

Governor Dunleavy issued a press release on September 25, 2020, supporting the USDA’s FEIS:

After a thorough public process, the Forest Service’s final Environmental Impact Statement identifies its Alternate Six – an unconditional, full exemption – as its preferred alternative. The Record of Decision (ROD) and final Alaska Roadless Rule are expected to be effective immediately after being published in late October.

For more information about the public process, see this link to the Alaska Roadless Rule Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

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: