Forest Stewardship Program Fact Sheet

Introduction

This nationwide Forest Stewardship program is funded by Congress, administered nationally by the Forest Service and delivered to local landowners by the State of Alaska-Division of Forestry (DOF). The Forest Stewardship program seeks to bring the benefits of a stewardship perspective to nonindustrial private forest landowners. The State Forester takes an action oriented, multi-disciplinary approach to program delivery. Private sector professional consultants are also employed in program delivery.

Goals

  • To assist nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) landowners to more actively manage their forest and related resources.
  • Promote managing these lands in a productive and healthy condition for present and future owners.
  • Increase the economic and environmental benefits of these lands.
  • Assist in placing 3 million nonindustrial private forestland acres in Alaska under forest stewardship management.
  • To improve the wildfire defensibility of private forestland.

Budget

Major program funding is provided by the USDA Forest Service-Region 10, State and Private Forestry. Additional funding is provided by the Alaska DOF through personnel services, office support, grant administration, and transportation.


Forest Stewardship/Stewardship Incentive
FY 1997 FY 1998 FY 1999 FY 2000 **FY 2001
$272,700 $248,000 $368,000 $326,000 $359,000

**Title II Dollars Only

Issues

Approximately 30 million acres of forestland are in private ownership in Alaska. The majority of these lands are held by Alaska Native Corporations, many of which are beginning active forest management. The State Forestry administers grants and provides advice to Alaska Native Corporations for developing Forest Stewardship Plans for their lands.Driven by steady population growth, numbers of private forest owners are growing in many regions of Alaska. Land transfers from public to private ownership continue, and subdivision of large homesteads to smaller rural tracts is ongoing.Spruce bark beetles have impacted over 3 million acres in Alaska, including many private ownerships. The Forest Stewardship Program has provided technical assistance to private landowners for recognizing spruce beetle, salvaging infested timber, and restoring spruce forests.The urban-rural interface is increasing in the Municipality of Anchorage, and the Matanuska-Susitna, Fairbanks, and Kenai Boroughs, and this is resulting in fuels and vegetation management challenges on private forestlands.Comprehensive watershed planning has been proposed for the Kenai River where subdivision and community development are affecting habitat of 4 species of salmon.

The urban-rural interface is increasing in the Matanuska-Susitna, Fairbanks, and Kenai Boroughs, which is resulting in fuels and vegetation management challenges on private forestlands.

Comprehensive watershed planning has been proposed for the Kenai River where subdivision and community development are affecting habitat of 4 species of salmon.

Program Highlights

  • Three Alaska Native Corporations completed Forest Stewardship Plans together covering 260,232 total acres of which 61,014 acres are forested.
  • Forest Stewardship Plans prepared for 44 individual landowners covering 2,673 acres.
  • Cost-share assistance for reforestation was provided to landowners impacted by the Clear Fire.
  • Assistance provided for tree seedling acquisition by private landowners.
  • Forest Stewardship Plans and other assistance provided to landowners near the lower Kenai River, a critical watershed in Alaska..
  • Forestry technical assistance provided to the Kenai Peninsula Borough in implementing to the Spruce Bark Beetle Task Force Report.
  • A workshop about forestry and atmospheric carbon sequestration provided by the Alaska Reforestation Council.
  • Service forestry provided to land owners associations, conservation districts, public schools, regional fairs, and community groups.

Daniel Parrent
State & Private Forestry
161 East 1st Avenue, Door 8 
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-743-9467
Fax: 907-743-9479
Email:djparrent@fs.fed.us

Jeff Graham
Alaska Division of Forestry
42499 Sterling Hwy
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone: 907-260-4215
Fax: 907-260-4263
Email: jeffg@dnr.state.ak.us