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Board: Board of Forestry

Board identification number: 039


Authority: AS 41.17.041

Status: Active

Sunset date:

Requirements: No Legislative Confirmation or Financial Disclosure required

Prohibitions: None

Term: 3 years

Chair: State Forester.

Description: The board consists of 9 members appointed by Governor: 1 commercial fishermen’s organization representative; 1 representative of a Native corporation established under 43 U.S.C. 1601-1628, ANCSA; 1 environmental organization representative; 1 forest industry trade association representative; 1 professional fish or wildlife biologist who is not employed in that capacity by a state, municipal, or federal government agency, except for university employment; 1 professional forester who is not employed in that capacity by a state, municipal, or federal government agency, except for university employment; 1 mining organization representative; 1 recreational organization representative; and the state forester, who serves ex officio and without a vote.

Function: The board reviews and comments to the Commissioner on regulations proposed for adoption under AS 41.17, and provides a forum for representatives of affected interests to discuss and attempt to resolve relevant issues concerning Alaska’s forest resources. The board also conducts an annual survey of research needs related to forest practices and reviews research proposals related to forest practices, as well as making recommendations to promote research projects that would address these needs to the governor and legislature. Annually reports to the legislature and the governor on the effectiveness of AS 41.17 and regulations adopted under it, with its recommendations for changes and needed research monitoring.

Special facts: Members may be removed for inefficiency, neglect of duty, of misconduct in office. State Forester serves at pleasure of Governor. Seven voting members constitute a quorum. Each decision requires the affirmative vote of each voting member present less one.

Compensation: Standard Travel and Per Diem No additional compensation.

Meetings: Meets as needed; holds public hearings at least once/year in southeast, southcentral, & interior AK.

For further information and to reach individual members, contact:
Trever Fulton
Special Projects Coordinator/ AK Div of Forestry & Fire Protection
Division of Forestry
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1450
Anchorage, AK 99501-3566
Phone: (907) 269-8467
Fax: (907) 269-8931

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