Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters mopped up the remains of a 250-acre wildfire Sunday that busted out two days earlier in a largely residential area near Delta Junction.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Alaska Division of Forestry personnel will burn off dry vegetation in two areas around the Delta Junction State Bison Range over the next few weeks. The prescribed burns are intended to improve habitat for bison and other species that live on the range.

Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says even though state officials on Tuesday lifted a ban on the sale of fireworks in much of Alaska, they won’t be sold here in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and their use remains illegal.


State officials lifted bans today on open burning and use of fireworks for most of Alaska. They cited a decrease in fire danger due to recent cool and rainy weather and requests by members of the public to allow cookouts, campfires and pyrotechnics for this weekend’s July 4th celebrations.

KUAC file photo

Business and community leaders in Tok are trying to revive a plan to cut the area’s high energy costs by generating electricity using biomass. That’s a type of fuel made from grinding timber like black spruce into chips. Backers of the plan want the state to give them a break on timber-sale contract conditions to help attract financing for a biomass-fired powerplant. They say that’s what put the plan on hold last year.

Forestry Frustration

Nov 14, 2013

The state board of forestry wrapped up a 2 day meeting in Fairbanks yesterday (Weds).  The agenda included updates on timber harvest and reforestation, wood energy, agency budgets and an overview of the 2013 wildfire season. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, there was also a lot of discussion of federal management policies, some members criticized for holding up logging in national forests. 

A citizens advisory panel has given qualified support to the state Forestry division’s plan to sell timber around Tok for a proposed biomass-fueled heat and power plant that’s been proposed to help cut the cost of electricity for that community.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

Environmentalists say they support two big alternative-energy projects that have been proposed for a couple of communities in the Interior to help ease the high cost of electricity and heating. But they’re concerned about one part of the proposals – the length of the timber-sales contracts that would allow harvesting on thousands of acres of state forest land annually in the Interior.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

A utility’s proposal to generate heat and electricity for Tok with a renewable energy source is moving ahead again now that the state Division of Forestry has revised its original plan on managing a long-term timber-sales contract that would provide the biomass to fuel the alternative-energy system.