The role of the Alaska Society of American Foresters Policy Committee is to advise the AKSAF executive committee on forest policy issues occurring in the state.  Also, the policy committee strives to inform and engage the AKSAF membership on current policy matters.  AKSAF participates in the political and administrative processes that generate policy by presenting our views to policy makers.  These views are communicated by drafting position statements. 

Position Statements

These are the position statements of Alaska SAF and National SAF. Position statements written by Alaska SAF address how how forestry is conducted in the state of Alaska and are meant to complement the position statements produced by National SAF.

In addition, Alaska SAF has submitted policy letters on issues. Policy letters that are older than 2019 are available here.


FOREST MANAGEMENT

  • Herbicide Use on Forestlands – National SAF (PDF)
  • State Policies Regarding Private Forest Practices – National SAF (PDF)
  • The Alaska Forest Resources and Practices Act as the Basis of Forestry Operations on State, Municipal and Private Lands in Alaska – Alaska SAF (PDF)

FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Forest Management, Carbon, and Climate Change – National SAF (PDF)
  • Forest Offset Projects in a Carbon Trading System – National SAF (PDF)

BIODIVERSITY, ECOSYSTEM SERVICES, AND FORESTRY

  • Biological Diversity in Forest Ecosystems – National SAF (PDF)
  • Forest Water Resources – National SAF (PDF)
  • Nonnative Invasive Forest Species – National SAF (PDF)
  • Protecting Endangered Species Habitat on Private Land – National SAF (PDF)
  • Regulation of Genetically Modified Trees – National SAF (PDF)

A field tour during the annual meeting

Advancing the Profession

  • Forest Sector Research and Development – National SAF (PDF)
  • Professionals in Natural Resource Management – National SAF (PDF)
  • State Programs to Credential Foresters – National SAF (PDF)


WILDFIRE AND FOREST MANAGEMENT

  • Use of Prescribed Fire in Forest Management – National SAF (PDF)
  • Wildland Fire Management – National SAF (PDF)

Photo of San Francisco. California

SOCIETY AND FORESTS

  • Recreation and Managed Forestlands – National SAF (PDF)
  • Strengthening Community Forestry and Urban Tree Management for Multiple Benefits – National SAF (PDF)
  • Utilization of Woody Biomass for Energy – National SAF (PDF)

MAINTAINING WORKING FORESTS

  • Federal and State Tax Treatment of Private Forestland – National SAF (PDF)
  • Forest Inventory and Analysis Program – National SAF (PDF)
  • Parcelization, Fragmentation, and the Loss of Private Forestland in the United States – National SAF (PDF)

HARVEST OPERATIONS

  • Clearcutting as a Silvicultural Practice – National SAF (PDF)
  • Roads in Managed Forests – National SAF (PDF)
  • Timber Harvesting on State, Federal, and Other Public Forest Lands – National SAF (PDF)
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