A Virtual Traverse of Forestry in Alaska

April 12-16, 2021, Virtual

Sitka Alaska

Because Alaska boasts such a diversity of forest types and management issues, for the 2021 AKSAF Annual Meeting, you will be taken on a virtual tour around the state. Each day, a different chapter will host a presentation that features forestry issues relevant to their region.

Each day will start with a brief introduction followed by one or two speakers, ending with time for questions and discussion.

The Alaska SAF Business Meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 9, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. (ADT).

  • Program Flyer (PDF)
  • Annual Meeting Program (PDF)
  • Annual Meeting Recordings (YouTube)

April 12:  Dixon Entrance SAF Chapter

 A Partnership with the State—an overview of the joint efforts to improve inventory information and forest management planning on the Tongass, Sheila Spores, USDA Forest Service Tongass National Forest 

Habitat Restoration Considerations for the Forestland Owner, Tessa Axelson, Alaska Forest Association.

April 13:  Sitka SAF Chapter

Facts and Fiction about the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Hu & Cheng)) growing in Sitka Alaska, Allen Brakley (retired), formerly with the USDA Forest Service and University of Alaska-Fairbanks 

April 14:  Juneau SAF Chapter

Soil-plant interaction in the Northeast Pacific coastal temperate rainforests-insights from plot and landscape investigations, Dave D’Amore, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station

Engaging Southeast Alaska Youth in Natural Resource Management, Arianna Lapke, Tlingit tribal government, the Hoonah Indian Association (HIA)

April 15:  Cook Inlet SAF Chapter

2020 Cooperative Forest Health Surveys – a year without flights, Jason Moan, Alaska Division of Forestry.

Developing a Multispectral UAV Tool for Early Detection of Spruce Bark Beetle in Alaska, Clay Hoyt,  Chugachmiut, Inc.

April 16:  Yukon River SAF Chapter

Interior Alaska wildfire fuels management on tribal, municipal and state lands, Will Putman, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) and Jeremy Douse, Alaska Division of Forestry.

Impacts of fuel reduction treatments on fire behavior and ecosystem processes in Alaskan black spruce forests: long-term data and plans for future research, Melissa Boyd, Northern Arizona University, Michelle Mack, Northern Arizona University and University of Alaska Fairbanksand Jen Schmidt, University of Alaska Anchorage

Registration for SAF is $30, and $50 for non-members. Student (non-SAF) is $30. The registration for SAF student member will be comped, but when students register, they must provide their school and major. 


Attendees are solely responsible for the integrity of their internet connection and electronic equipment function, including use of the Zoom platform. No refunds will be given. Registrants are strictly prohibited from sharing their individual login information.

Students and Chapter Advisors

The AKSAF Annual Meeting Committee encourages all natural resources community college and university students and student chapter advisors to attend. Registration rates have been reduced to $0 for students and includes all the benefits of full registration.

Registration: Melinda Olson, SAF NW Office

General: Ed Morgan, Alaska State Chair


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