ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 80
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
April 17, 1984
I, Bill Sheffield, Governor of the State of Alaska, under
the authority granted by Article III of the Alaska Constitution
and Alaska Statute 44.19.145(c), find and order the following:
* Section 1. FINDINGS:
1. A combination of public policies and world financial and
market factors has seriously weakened Alaska' 5 forest products
industry in recent years.
2. The industry is critically important to the economy of
Alaska. Accordingly, it is essential that plans for the continuation
and improvement of the industry be determined for the short-term,
the mid-term, and the long-term (twenty-five years).
3. Improvement can be accomplished only with a better understanding
of the industry as a whole and of public policies and world financial
and competitive factors affecting the industry.
4. Such an analysis and recommendations will be of value only
if they are accomplished by the industry itself with the assistance
of the U. S. Forest Service and the State of Alaska.
* Section 2. PURPOSE: The purpose of the order is to establish
a combined government and private industry task force:
1. To analyze: a) the Report to the Governor submitted in
draft by the Division of Forestry of the Alaska Department of
Natural Resources; and b) the immediate, mid-term and long-term
problems of the Alaska timber industry; and
2. To make recommendations to the Governor and to the Regional
Forester no later than December 15, 1984, concerning policies
which should be adopted or changed to provide for a healthy timber
* Section 3. ALASKA TIMBER TASK FORCE:
1. The task force shall be composed of 14 members, appointed
by the Governor: the Governor, or his designee; Commissioners
of Natural Resources, Commerce, and Fish and Game, or their designee;
the U. S. Department of Agriculture Regional Forester for Alaska,
or his designee; the Director of the Office of Management and
Budget, or his designee, and eight members representing the Alaska
forest products industry.
2. The Governor shall appoint one member as chairman of the
3. The members of the task force shall serve without compensation,
although travel payments may be authorized on a case-by-case
* Section 4: RESPONSIBILITIES: The task force shall, by December
15, 1984, submit a report to the Governor which:
1. Analyzes the opportunities for selling Alaska forest products
on domestic and foreign markets and makes recommendations concerning
what the State and federal government can do in the short-term
and long-term to provide for such sales. The task force shall
particularly recommend ways to increase Alaska's share of the
export market for forest products among the Pacific Rim countries.
2. Analyzes State and federal laws, regulations and policies
that materially affect the economic health of the industry and
make recommendations for actions to change such laws, regulations,
and policies in a manner which would enhance the profitability
of the timber industry.
3. Makes recommendations as to what infrastructure in support
of the industry could be provided in the near-term, mid-term,
4. Analyzes financial factors that materially affect the economic
health of the industry and make recommendations describing what
financial mechanisms and institutions could be provided to stabilize
and enhance the industry in the near-term, mid-term, and long-term.
5. Analyzes the Report to the Governor prepared by the Division
of Forestry, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and makes
recommendations concerning it.
DATED: October 24, 1984.
S/S Bill Sheffield
Governor of the State of Alaska