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Forestry board seeks public input

Daily News Staff Writer

The Board of Forestry is inviting Alaskans to participate in a teleconference on Nov. 29 to discuss a variety of forestry issues facing the state.

Some of the topics that will be discussed during the statewide meeting will include:

• Fiscal 2018 forestry and forest practices budgets.

• Implementation guidance for the Forest Resources and Practices Act best management practices.

• Coastal forest management issues including reports on Tongass Forest Plan implementation, Roadless Rule and Big Thorne litigation, the Mental Health Trust land exchange, workforce development projects, the state-federal Good Neighbor Agreement, and second-growth management on federal land.

• Forest planning and appeals on state land.

• Wood energy projects in Alaska.

• Legislation and regulatory topics pertaining to fish and timber.

• Yellow-cedar status under the Endangered Species Act.

A number of other forestry matters are expected to be discussed, as well.

The meeting is expected to last all day, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A draft agenda is available at forestry.alaska.gov/whatsnew.htm.

To participate in the meeting, there will be a teleconference call-in location at the Legislative Information Office, 1900 First Ave., Suite 310.

Public comment is scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m.