To provide a sustainable supply of forest resources to Alaskans.
- Provide technical and financial forestry assistance to diverse landowners and managers through cost-effective non-regulatory partnerships.
- 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
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.
|A1: Core Service - Provide technical and financial forestry assistance to diverse landowners and managers through cost-effective non-regulatory partnerships.|
|A2: Core Service - Provide state timber to meet local demand within the limit of sustainable supply.|
Target #1: Provide Alaskan firms in Southern Southeast Alaska with the maximum volume of state timber sustainably available.
Analysis of results and challenges: Year 2020 saw less volume sold with the State. The Ketchikan office continues to experience staffing challenges as a result of 2016 reductions and challenges with attracting qualified foresters to the region. Notable milestones and challenges are as follows:
1. Through the state's first Good Neighbor agreement with the Alaska Region of the USFS, Forestry is currently administering the contracts on 32,000MBF of timber on two separate timber sales on USFS lands.
2. The Ketchikan office continues to be our highest revenue producing office, selling the vast majority of the annual timber volume statewide with 13,000MBF of state timber under contract.
3. Forestry reclassified a Forester III position and moved its duty station to Ketchikan. In an effort to attract more candidates to current openings, along with developing promotional opportunity. These positions have had high turnover rates and are hard to fill.
4. There are six timber sales on state land currently under development. The Ketchikan office continues to leverage contractor and industry partnerships to assist in sale planning and development.
5. The southern southeast inventory and associated annual allowable harvest was updated this past year based upon the new inventory, and availability of LIDAR (light detection and ranging) imagery.
6. The reduction in harvested state timber volume in Southeast for 2020 is due to recent staffing vacancies in the Ketchikan office, in addition to staff spending time on bringing timber to market through the Good Neighbor program.
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 continues to work on supporting, developing new opportunities, and maintaining the flow of timber to support the existing industry outside Southern Southeast Alaska. The saw log demand remains stable while the firewood and biomass industry in Interior Alaska has shrunken slightly due to lower oil prices. Although the biomass mills in North Pole, Tok and Fairbanks continue to produce wood pellets, pellet logs and kiln dried firewood, they distribute their products though-out Alaska. The Fairbanks-Delta office is our highest revenue and volume producing office outside of Southern Southeast Alaska and historically provides 70% or more of timber in the interior. Past volume offered in previous fiscal years but not sold will remain for sale over the counter at each area office. Spruce Beetle kill in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley has flooded local markets and decreased local demand for commercial firewood sales.
|A3: 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: 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. Decreased scores in the interior reflect record rains in the summer of 2018 which damaged forest roads in the Tanana Valley State Forest. The lower score in southcentral for 2017 is confined to BMPs 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.
Current as of November 19, 2020