Fuels Management Workshop:  Strategies for Protecting Alaska Communities and Resources from Wildfire

May 17-18, 2022

Fairbanks, Alaska, at the Wedgewood Resort in the Taiga Center and a virtual option is available

Although it’s the wildfires in the lower 48 that make headlines, the state of Alaska also has large-scale wildfires that threaten communities and natural resources. This meeting features a deep dive into how communities and state and federal agencies can collaborate to mitigate the wildfire risks.

This meeting has an in-person and virtual option. The in-person option includes a continental breakfast, full dinner, and awards banquet, as well as an optional Tanana Chiefs Conference Tribal Tour hosted by the 2022 Intertribal Timber Council Symposium on May 18.

For the safety of all participants, vaccination is required for in-person attendance. For those attending the field trip, proof of vaccination and masks are required.

2022 AKSAF Annual Meeting Flyer | PDF

Registration pricing

Business Meeting – May 17, 2022

  • Free, but please register to receive the Zoom access information. (Open to all AKSAF Members)

2022 AKSAF Annual Meeting – May 17, 2022

In-person

  • SAF Member: $110
  • Non-member: $150
  • Student: $80

The in-person option includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch, and awards banquet.

Virtual

  • SAF Member: $40
  • Non-member: $60
  • Student: $30

ITC-Hosted Field Trip – May 18, 2022

  • SAF Member: $40
  • Non-member: $60
  • Student: $30

The field trip registration includes a lunch at Moose Creek Pavilion at Pioneer Park.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by May 4 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations received after that time will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

This is the working agenda for the meeting and includes speakers who have confirmed.

  • Ed Morgan, State Society Chair
  • Terry Baker, Society of American Foresters
  • Tom St. Clair, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Facilitator Jeremy Douse, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

  • Willie Branson, Bureau of Land Management
  • Brian Haugen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Tim Mowry, Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Dan Rees, Department of Defense and private lands,
  • Jennifer Barnes, National Park Service
  • Tom St. Clair, Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Dan Rees, Fort Wainwright
  • Mark Castle, USDA Forest Service
  • Jennifer Schmidt, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Melissa Boyd, Northern Arizona University

An on-site catered lunch will be provided to all attendees.

  • Graham Worley-Hood, Alaska Fire Service
  • Tom St. Clair, Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Jennifer Barnes, National Park Service
  • Eric Miller, Alaska Fire Service
  • Branden Petersen, Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Gordon Amundsun, Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Casey Boespflug, Fuels Committee Chair

  • Keynote by Chris Maisch, SAF President

Tanana Chiefs Conference Tribal Tour
Hosted by the 2022 Intertribal Timber Council Symposium
Tour is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This field trip has been approved for 4 CFEs.

Please be on time for loading the bus.

Take tour of a new firewood processing yard with on-site steam kiln that provides
local market with dried Birch firewood by utilizing coal power plant emissions to dry
cordage less than 20% moisture content in 2-3 days. Tour will go over EPA air
quality issues regulated by Dept. of Environmental Conservation.

  • Chad Schumacher, General Manager, Aurora Energy Solutions, Fairbanks, AK

Visit a black spruce stand on a recently burned tract in 2021. Just a mere 3.5-acre wildfire that gave locals a scare early in the season. This site has since become a local “outdoor classroom” to take visitors, students, scholars etc. close to Fairbanks to demonstrate Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) issues, fire management, suppression strategies, and fire ecology. This is a cooperative fire effects monitoring project between the BLM Alaska Fire Service and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

  • Eric Miller, Fuels Specialist, BLM Alaska Fire Service, Fort Wainwright, AK

Excavated from 1963–1969 for the study of permafrost, the Permafrost Tunnel
Research Facility is one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the nation’s unique,
natural research facilities. The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
operates, maintains, and provides research at this field site for the nation and the
world as part of its mission for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development
Center. Participants will learn about the natural phenomenon that underlies most of
Alaska and the challenges it presents to land managers.

  • Gary Larsen, Program Director, Cold Regions Research Experiment Laboratory U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fox, AK

In 2019, the Shovel Creek Fire threatened remote neighborhoods north of Fairbanks.
Participants will tour and hear presentations about the wildland fire event and how a
previous established landscape-scaled fire break was utilized in the strategy to
protect the remote neighborhoods and to prevent it from spreading into higher
population density areas.

  • Jeremy Douse, Area Forester, Fairbanks / Delta Area, Alaska Division of Forestry, Fairbanks, AK









CFE credits will be available for attending the annual meeting and ITC-hosted field trip.

  • The annual meeting has been approved for 6 CFE credits.
  • The ITC-field trip has been approved for 4 CFE credits.

Since the planning committee was unable to secure a block of rooms at the Wedgewood Resorts, those attending in person are responsible for finding their own lodging. It’s also recommended to book early because it will be tourist season and there will be a limited availability of hotel rooms.

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