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Alaska Community Forest Council Seeks New Members


(Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Community Forest Council, a state advisory council, is accepting applications for new members. The council is a nonprofit that works to improve Alaskans’ quality of life by expanding and caring for urban and community forests. The council promotes the management of trees and forests within communities to maximize the many economic, environmental and social benefits that they provide.

The council advises the Division of Forestry on developing and supporting local community forestry programs and works with the division to foster partnerships between government agencies, businesses, and volunteers. Members support tree planting and care in communities across the state and review community forestry grant proposals.

Six of the council’s 15 seats will become open at the end of June. The seats are for: Seat B - Forester, Seat C - Municipal Planner, Seat D - Landscape Architect, Seat E - Horticulture, Seat L - Member-at-Large, Seat N - Member-at-Large. Council members must be able to attend all-day meetings four times each year, usually in Anchorage. Members are asked to serve on a working committee, help handle the normal business responsibilities of a nonprofit, and support the care of trees and forests in the towns where they live.

Members attend orientation before the first meeting and are provided educational opportunities and hands-on training. Council members receive no compensation except reimbursement of travel expenses.

Applications and information about the council and the Community Forestry Program are available on the web at: http://forestry.alaska.gov/community/council.htm, from the Community Forestry Program office in Anchorage at 269-8466 or stephen.nickel@alaska.gov. Completed applications are due no later than Monday, April 26, 2010. New appointees will be notified in late May and the three-year terms begin on July 1, 2010.
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