Statewide meeting on forestry issues scheduled

The Board of Forestry will meet next month in Soldotna. Teleconference meetings have been set up in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage.

The following items are expected to be on the agenda:

-Fiscal Year 2013-14 forestry, forest practices, and monitoring budgets.

-Proposed Susitna State Forest and negotiated timber sales bill (HB79).

-Recently-adopted mass wasting regulations.

-Wood energy in Alaska and state timber sales for wood energy projects.

-Division of Forestry program updates.

-Federal forest management in Alaska including Tongass and Chugach national forest plans, Roadless Rule implementation, and Southeast land ownership initiatives.

-Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force recommendations and implementation.

-Boreal Alaska Learning Adaptation and Production (BAKLAP) initiative.

-Forestry’s role in land trust funding.

-Detailed Plans of Operation for forestry activities.

The meeting will also feature a Kenai forestry forum and a panel on bark beetles and forest management on the Kenai Peninsula.

The meetings will be held on the following dates:

-Monday, August 12, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

-Tuesday, August 13, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Public comment on the draft agenda is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13.

The Juneau teleconference will take place at the 4th floor conference room of the Department of Natural Resources office located at 400 Willoughby Ave., Suite 400.

Outside of Juneau, members of the public should contact Marty Freeman in advance at the Division of Forestry in Anchorage at marty.freeman@alaska.gov or 269-8467.

To attend in-person, visit the Kenai River Center, located on 514 Funny River Road in Soldotna.

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