Worsening wildfires spark changes to Alaska state forestry division

  • Source: KTOO-FM 104.3 Juneau
  • Published: 01/25/2022 12:00 AM

At its start, the Alaska Division of Forestry focused in large part on managing forests for the state’s timber industry. Firefighting was a secondary focus. But now, over 90% of the division’s budget goes toward fighting fires. And with the frequency and severity of wildland fires only expected to increase, officials say the division needs to further build up its capacity to ready for conditions ahead. Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced an executive order this week to change the name of the department from the Alaska Division of Forestry to the Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection. He also requested money in his budget for an additional 30 positions. Division spokesperson Tim Mowry said it’s time for the division to catch up with the ever-increasing need for fire management.


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