Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

2021 Alaska SAF Annual Meeting

A Virtual Traverse of Forestry in Alaska

April 12-16, 2021 Virtual

Click here to view the recordings of the 2021 AKSAF Annual Meeting.

Sitka AlaskaBecause Alaska boasts such a diversity of forest types and management issues, for the 2021 AKSAF Annual Meeting, you will be taken on a virtual tour around the state. Each day, a different chapter will host a presentation that features forestry issues relevant to their region. 

Each day will start with a brief introduction followed by one or two speakers, ending with time for questions and discussion.

The Alaska SAF Business Meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 9, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. (ADT).

Program Flyer

Annual Meeting Program


Agenda is subject to change. Each presentation is scheduled for 12:00-1:30 p.m. (ADT).

April 12:  Dixon Entrance Recording

Sheila Spores, A Partnership with the State—an overview of the joint efforts to improve inventory information and forest management planning on the Tongass,

Sheila Spores is Forest Management Staff Officer for the Tongass National Forest. 

Tessa Axelson, Habitat Restoration Considerations for the Forestland Owner

Tessa Axelson is the Executive Director of the Alaska Forest Association.

April 13:  Sitka Recording

Allen Brakley, Facts and Fiction about the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Hu & Cheng)) growing in Sitka Alaska

Prior to this retirement, Allen Brakley was the Team Leader of the Alaska Wood Research and Development Center with the U.S. Forest Service and also worked as the Director of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks CSREES Forest Products Program in Sitka. 

April 14:  Juneau Recording

Dave D’Amore, Soil-plant interaction in the Northeast Pacific coastal temperate rainforests-insights from plot and landscape investigations 

 Dave D’Amore is a Research Soil Scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station in Juneau, AK. His research program focusing on soil and watershed biogeochemistry and landscape function and change.

Arianna Lapke, Engaging Southeast Alaska Youth in Natural Resource Management

Arianna Lapke is the Youth Engagement Coordinator for the Tlingit tribal government, the Hoonah Indian Association (HIA). Arianna leads the summer youth employment program Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students (TRAYLS), a paid opportunity for teens and young adults to learn about natural resource management and monitoring as well as develop their leadership skills. She also does work in the school and is currently coordinating a Fisheries Technology college course (offered by UAS) to involve high school students in fisheries management and related careers.

April 15:  Cook Inlet Recording

Jason Moan, 2020 Cooperative Forest Health Surveys – a year without flights

Jason Moan is the Forest Health Program Manager for the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Clay Hoyt, Developing a Multispectral UAV Tool for Early Detection of Spruce Bark Beetle in Alaska

Clay Hoyt is a Forester with Chugachmiut, Inc., an Alaska Native nonprofit organization. 

April 16:  Yukon River Recording

Will Putman and Jeremy Douse, Interior Alaska wildfire fuels management on tribal, municipal and state lands

Will Putman is the Forestry Director at Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), a nonprofit tribal organization serving 42 tribal communities in interior Alaska. Jeremy Douse is the Northern Regional forester for the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Melissa Boyd, Michelle Mack, Jen Schmidt, Impacts of fuel reduction treatments on fire behavior and ecosystem processes in Alaskan black spruce forests: long-term data and plans for future research

Melissa Boyd is a Research Scientist in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society at Northern Arizona University. Her research focuses on tree radial growth response to climate and insect disturbance and the impacts of fuel breaks on ecosystem structure and successional trajectories in Alaska.

Michelle Mack is a Professor of Ecosystem Ecology in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society and the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University.  She is also a Research Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is the new director of the NSF-Funded Bonanza Creek LTER program.

Jen Schmidt is an Assistant Research Professor of Natural Resource Management and Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Institute of Social and Economic Research. Her research focuses on topics that address human-environmental interactions such as hunting and fishing, food, energy, and water security, and risk associated with natural hazards including wildfire.


Registration for SAF is $30, and $50 for non-members. Student (non-SAF) is $30. The registration for SAF student member will be comped, but when students register, they must provide their school and major. 

Registration is closed. Click on the links above to view the recordings from the live event.


Attendees are solely responsible for the integrity of their internet connection and electronic equipment function, including use of the Zoom platform. No refunds will be given. Registrants are strictly prohibited from sharing their individual login information.

SAF Continuing Education Credits Protocol

The AKSAF 2021 Annual Meeting will be presented in a virtual format, Each day there will be 1.5 Category 1 credits available for each day with a total of 7.5 credits for attending the entire meeting.  

Students and Chapter Advisors

The AKSAF Annual Meeting Committee encourages all natural resources community college and university students and student chapter advisors to attend. Registration rates have been reduced to $0 for students and includes all the benefits of full registration.

Registration Questions:

Melinda Olson, SAF NW Office, 503-224-8046

General Questions:

Ed Morgan, Alaska State Chair,, 303-476-1583