Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FYI: Burn permits on State Lands required starting April 1

Alaska’s wildland fire season officially begins on April 1, and on this date, burn permits will become necessary for the open burning of brush, grass, slash and yard debris on state land.

State law requires burn permits for open burning from April 1 to August 31. These permits must be renewed annually and may only be used on days without burn restrictions. To apply for a burn permit, go to or stop by a Division of Forestry office or local fire department. 

This does not apply to Forest Service lands. For questions about burn restrictions and fire danger on the Chugach National Forest please check the Chugach website.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bear Aware: April is the Month

Spring is here and bears like it too! Remember to be Bear Aware. To help everyone do that, April has been proclaimed the Official Month of Bear Awareness.

Find out more at

Copy of the Bear awareness month proclamation signed by Alaska Governor Bill Walker

Monday, March 9, 2015

Check out artist templates and lesson plans on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree site. You'll also see bios of all the artists and related news and information.

And come down to the Chugach National Forest offices at 161 East 1st, Door #8 to see the ornaments on display. They'll be up till the end of the month.

Artists chosen for 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Ornaments

The Chugach National Forest, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts and Alaska Geographic, selected ten Alaskan artists to create one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree. The designs of these ornaments will be used as inspiration for 4,000 more ornaments made by students and community members across Alaska. Ornaments will decorate the People’s Tree that will reside on the U.S. Capitol building lawn and various smaller trees in offices throughout the Capitol and in select locations in Alaska.

Each artist created ornaments that highlight their personal connection to the landscape, wildlife, heritage, or ecosystems of Alaska. Selected designs truly celebrate what it means to give “A Gift from the Great Land.”

The selected artists are:

  • Annette Bellamy, Halibut Cove
  • Bonnie Dillard, Kodiak
  • Annie Duffy, Fairbanks
  • Heather Floyd, Kenai
  • Jim Heaton, Haines
  • Rhonda Horton, Wasilla
  • Kristin Link, Glennallen
  • Teri Rofkar, Sitka
  • Maria Shell, Anchorage
  • Sara Tabbert, Fairbanks
Selected ornaments will be on display at the Chugach National Forest Supervisor’s Office in in the Historic Ship Creek District on 1st Ave throughout the month of March.

For more information:

Shannon Daut, Alaska State Council on the Arts : 907-269-6607
Torey Powell, Chugach National Forest : 907-743-9500
Betsi Oliver, Alaska Geographic : 907-771-8482