Alaska Forest Health Protection: Mission, Locations & Contacts

Forest Health Protection Offices & Regions of Alaska

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Anchorage / Southcentral Alaska   Fairbanks / Interior Alaska   Juneau / Southeast Alaska

Map showing the major geographic regions of Alaska.Our mission is to protect and enhance forest health by providing landowners and managers with information and resources. We monitor the extent and impacts of damaging insects, diseases and invasive plants, provide timely survey and monitoring information and offer technical and financial assistance to prevent and control forest pest outbreaks. We partner with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to monitor for newly introduced pests and conduct annual aerial surveys in summer to map forest damage. As part of the State & Private Forestry branch of the U.S. Forest Service, Forest Health Protection addresses forest health needs on the Tongass and Chugach National Forests and across diverse land ownerships statewide.

Anchorage, Forest Health Protection, Southcentral Field Office

161 East 1st Avenue, Door 8, Anchorage, AK 99501

Michael Shephard, Assistant Director S&PF.

Michael Shephard

Deputy Director State & Private Forestry R6 &10


Kymi Draeger staff photo.Dr. Kymi Draeger

Southcentral Alaska Forest Pathologist



Joni Johnson staff photo

Joni Johnson

Ecologist, Invasive Plant Program Coordinator
Detailing in position through January 2023
Based in Petersburg, Alaska


Jessie Moan, Forest Entomologist in Anchorage, AK.Jessie Moan

FHP/Research Entomologist


Steve Swenson staff photo, Biological Technician Southcentral Alaska.Steve Swenson

Biological Sceince Technician


Fairbanks, Forest Health Protection, Interior Field Office

USDA Forest Service Forest Health Protection, State & Private Forestry, 222 University Ave., Fairbanks, AK 99709  (New office location!)

Sydney Brannoch, Forest Entomologist in Fairbanks, AK.

Dr. Sydney Brannoch




Garret Dubois staff photo, Interior Alaska Biological Technician.

Garret Dubois

Aerial Survey Program Coordinator
Detailing in Position through March 2023


Lori Winton staff photo, Southcentral/Interior Alaska Pathologist.

Dr. Lori Winton

Interior Alaska Forest Pathologist


Juneau, Forest Health Protection, Southeast Field Office

Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory
11175 Auke Lake Way, Juneau, AK 99801

Elizabeth Graham, Entomologist for Southeast Alaska.

Dr. Elizabeth Graham




Karen Hutten, Biological Scientist Southeast Alaska.

Dr. Karen Hutten

Remote Sensing Program Lead


Robin Mulvey staff photo.

Robin Mulvey

Forest Pathologist



Regional Office Portland, OR

Chad Davis, Director of SPF Regions 6/10

Chad Davis

Director State & Private Forestry Regions 6 &10