To provide a sustainable supply of forest resources to Alaskans.
- Provide state timber to meet local demand within the limit of sustainable supply.
- Ensure compliance with the Alaska Forest Resources & Practices Act (FRPA) on state, municipal and private lands.
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|A: Result - Provide stable or increasing economic and environmental benefits from the use of trees and forests.|
Target #2: Environmental benefit: 100% of Alaskan waterbodies are in compliance with the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) impaired waters standards as a result of forest operations conducted on lands administered under the FRPA.
Percentage of Waterbodies in Compliance with DEC "Impaired Waters" Standards as a Result of Forest Operations Conducted on Lands Administered Under the Forest Resources and Practices Act
Analysis of results and challenges: The Alaska Forest Resources & Practices Act (FRPA) continues to ensure that forest operations protect water quality and fish habitat. The list of impaired waterbodies identifies waters that do not meet state water quality standards, including standards for beneficial use for fish habitat; no waterbodies are listed as impaired due to operations subject to FRPA standards. Recent science and technical committee reviews and private sector effectiveness monitoring studies reinforce this assessment.
|A1: Core Service - Provide state timber to meet local demand within the limit of sustainable supply.|
Target #1: Provide Alaskan firms in Southern Southeast Alaska (SSE) with the maximum volume of state timber sustainably available.
Analysis of results and challenges: The primary reasons for the low timber volume sold in Southern Southeast (SSE) in 2018 are the following:
1. In FY2016, the legislature reduced the timber sale program in southeast by five positions. Of the remaining four positions, one retired and one resigned and took a private sector position. This left the entire southeast program with only two foresters and an administrative position.
2. The Ketchikan office is both our highest revenue producing office and historically sold 75% of the annual timber volume.
3. After about one year of recruitment, two forester positions in SSE were filled in April 2018. Unfortunately, these two foresters have announced their resignations and one vacated his position the end of September and the other will leave the end of October. The division has started recruitment for these vacancies.
4. Timber sales projects that were planned to be sold in 2016 in SSE were appealed through the public appeal and reconsideration process. These were the division's first appeals in many years. Addressing these appeals and reconsideration requests contributed to delays in offering several sales. The issues have been addressed and the offerings began being made in 2017.
5. Through the state’s first Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) with the Alaska Region of the US Forest Service (USFS), the state prepared and awarded the Kosciusko Timber Sale for 3,000 MBF on the Tongass National Forest during the State’s FY 2018. We also entered into a second GNA with the USFS and offered the Vallenar Timber Sale for 13,475 MBF of State timber and 2,835 MBF of Federal timber which was auctioned off on September 24, 2018. There were no bids and the sale will be reevaluated before being made available Over-The-Counter.
Target #2: Provide Alaskan firms outside of Southern Southeast Alaska with supply that meets demand.
Timber Sale Program, Outside Southern Southeast Alaska: Displayed as Thousand Board Feet Offered and Sold per Fiscal Year
Analysis of results and challenges: The division is working diligently to maintain a flow of timber to support the existing industry outside Southern Southeast Alaska while it works to grow a biomass industry in Interior Alaska. Additional past volume not offered for sale this fiscal year remains available for purchase over the counter.
|A2: Core Service - Ensure compliance with the Alaska Forest Resources & Practices Act (FRPA) on state, municipal and private lands.|
Target #1: Operate the Forest Resources and Practices Act program to achieve 100% implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Forest Resources & Practices Act Program: Displayed as the Rating of Best Management Practices Implementation by Region per Year
Analysis of results and challenges: Best Management Practices (BMPs) are designed to prevent adverse impacts from forest operations on fish habitat and water quality, and to ensure prompt reforestation following harvest. Compliance with the BMPs is high statewide. Improved scores in the interior reflect improved maintenance of forest roads on the Tanana Valley State Forest. The lower score in southcentral for 2017 is confined to BMP’s addressing road construction and road maintenance. The division uses compliance monitoring results to identify training needs. Training emphasizes specific BMPs with relatively low ratings and targets operators with a history of compliance issues. BMPs for maintenance of active and inactive roads are a current training focus. The increased demand for firewood is likely to result in additional training needs for new operators who are unfamiliar with the Forest Resources & Practices Act.
Current as of November 15, 2018