Forestry

The TCC forestry program provides a wide range of forestry and fire management services to Native allotments and their owners via the trust services program. The program also provides similar services via the technical assistance program to tribal councils, village and regional Native corporations and to other public and private landowners.

Native Allotment Trust Program

The trust services program assists allotment owners with a wide variety of activities

These services include, but are not limited to some of the following areas:

  • timber trespass investigation
  • timber appraisal
  • timber sale preparation and administration
  • reforestation projects
  • pre-commercial tree thinning
  • vegetation mapping
  • forest inventory
  • forest management plan preparation

The program also acts as the wildfire liaison between Native allottees and federal and state fire fighting agencies. To support this task, a computerized allotment database has been developed by the program. The database is linked to a GIS system and contains individual parcel maps, vegetation overlays and information about each parcel in the TCC region. Both the forestry and realty programs in their daily management of trust lands utilize the database. Funding for trust services comes from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) via the TCC compact and by competitive funding requests to the BIA for add-on funding. Add-on funds are utilized for specific allotment projects and compete against other similar projects on a nationwide basis. The two main categories are forest development (pre-commercial tree thinning) and forest management and inventory planning.

The program is also developing a hazard fuel reduction program via BIA funding that can provide defensible space services to individual allotments.

The tribal governments of Tanana and Fort Yukon are co-signers to the TCC compact and provide the same types of services directly or “buy back” some services via the TCC program.

Tribal Governments

TCC forestry assists tribal councils

These services include, but are not limited to some of the following areas:

  • business
  • land and forest planning issues
  • forestry legislation

Many of the same types of services provided for the trust program are available via the technical assistance program, but there are some limitations on funding since these lands are not considered “trust” lands. Many tribal programs have requested assistance in developing GIS capabilities and the program can provide advice and some on-site support for hardware and software installation and training.

The program is also working toward the development of a hazard fuel reduction program for lands in and around village sites. This program could use a combination of mechanical fuel treatments and/or prescribed fire to reduce fuel loads or to improve wildlife habitat on village lands. Funding for this program has been from Bureau of Indian Affairs and other agencies.

ANCSA Corporations

Technical assistance for village and regional ANCSA corporations

These services include, but are not limited to some of the following areas:

  • forest inventory
  • timber sale layout
  • vegetation mapping
  • assistance with business plans
  • land use and forest management plans

The program can identify funding sources and write project proposals to help underwrite some of these activities. These services are limited to available funding and staff time and may require a cost share commitment from the corporations that use the service.

Consulting Services

Forestry consulting services are available to private corporations, individuals and Federal and State agencies

These services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • on the ground assistance
  • research
  • database/GIS management
  • technical review of a variety of business documents
  • timber sale layout and administration
  • regeneration surveys
  • riparian buffer research
  • wood supply and inventory analysis

These services are available for their full cost and are limited to available staff time. Funds generated from this service are used to support the technical assistance program to tribal councils and corporations.

Requests for forestry services may be made through the program director.

 

Current Wildfires

For CURRENT FIRE INFO, compiled by TCC, CLICK HERE

Maps

Questions and request can be directed to:  Will Putman, TCC Forestry Director

Available Maps

Quick Guide

    • To zoom in – hold the Shift key and drag a box with the mouse over the desired area on the map, or scroll the mouse wheel, or hit the “+” button on the map.
    • To zoom out – scroll the mouse wheel, or hit the “-” button on the map.
    • To pan the map – Just click and drag the map.
    • To query features (when enabled) – click on a feature and look for a pop-up window.

Biomass Reports

Assessment of Woody Biomass Energy Resources (4.3MB) at Villages in the Upper Kobuk Region of Northwest Alaska: Kobuk, Shungnak, and Ambler. Developed under a contract with ANTHC. June, 2013.

Assessment of Woody Biomass Energy Resources for Rural Villages in Interior Alaska (2.1MB) - An assessment of the woody biomass resources at Koyukuk, Nulato, Kaltag, Anvik, Holy Cross, Hughes, Nikolai, and Ruby, developed under a grant to IRHA from the State of Alaska’s renewable energy fund administered by the Alaska Energy Authority.  October, 2012.

Fort Yukon (2.2MB) - Developed under contract with Alaska Village Initiatives (AVI), in cooperation with the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments (CATG), in support of proposed biomass energy development in Fort Yukon.  October, 2010.  You can also view the associated geodatabase or a Fort Yukon land (13.2MB) ownership/biomass density map.

McGrath (8.4MB) - Funded by a grant from the State of Alaska Renewable Energy Fund to the McGrath Native Village Council (MNVC), administered by the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), and developed under a contract between MNVC to TCC Forestry, in support of proposed biomass energy projects in McGrath, March, 2011.  You can also view the associated geodatabase.

Tanana (3.8MB) - Funded by the Alaska Energy Authority in a cooperative effort with the State of Alaska Division of Forestry, Northern Region.

Fire, Water, & Forest Plans

Fire Plans

Fire Management Plan For Native Allotments Within the Doyon Management Unit, Alaska (2.2MB) – A programmatic plan prepared by TCC Forestry, completed in March, 2002.

Water Management & River Erosion Plans

Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law is an encyclopedic treatise written by experts in the field, and provides general overviews to relevant information as well as in-depth study of specific areas within this complex area of federal law. This publication focuses on the relationship between tribes, the states and the federal government within the context of civil and criminal jurisdiction, as well as areas of resource management and government structure.

Chapter 19 of Cohen’s Handbook of Fenderal Indian Law entitled “Water Rights” discusses tribal and individual rights to water, including who has jurisdiction over water rights:

Sections

      1. Relations between Indian and State Water-Law Systems
      2. Sources of Indian Water Rights
      3. The Reverse Rights Doctrine
      4. Regulations of Water Rights
      5. Determination of Water Rights
      6. Federal Protection of Indian Water Rights

Download Chapter 19 (4.84MB) of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law.

Tanana River Erosion Study (241KB) – A report of a project completed in 2001 by TCC Forestry and the State of Alaska Division of Forestry that examined bank erosion along the entire length of the Tanana River between 1978 and 1998 by analyzing aerial photography from the late 1970’s and satellite imagery from the late 1990’s. Results were compiled for acres eroded, volume of timber and large woody debris recruited by the river, and where the erosion occurred.

Forest Plans

Forest Management Plan for Native Allotments in the Doyon Region of Alaska (1.8MB) – Developed as part of TCC Forestry’s forest management trust responsibilities on Native allotments in the region. Final draft approved, August 2012.

Forest and Fire Management Plan For Native Allotments in the Bering Straits Region of Alaska (10.8MB) – A programmatic plan prepared by TCC Forestry under contract for Kawerak, Inc., completed in April, 2008

Forest Stewardship Plan for Mendas Cha-ag Native Corporation (1.3MB) – A forest stewardship plan prepared for the Mendas Cha-ag Native Corporation, the Native village corporation for Healy Lake, by TCC Forestry in 2003 as part of the State of Alaska Forest Stewardship Program.

Forest Stewardship Plan for Toghotthele Corporation (7.2MB) – A forest stewardship plan prepared for Toghotthele Corporation (Native village corporation for Nenana) by TCC Forestry in 1999 as part of the State of Alaska Forest Stewardship Program.

Forest Stewardship Plan for The Kuskokwim Corporation (6.6MB)

Forest Stewardship Plan for Gana-A'Yoo, Ltd. (2.7MB) – A forest stewardship plan prepared in 1993 by Gana-A’Yoo Ltd., the ANCSA corporation for the villages of Nulato, Kaltag, Koyukuk, and Galena, as part of the State of Alaska Forest Stewardship Program.

Effects of Pre-Commercial Thinning on Stand Composition, Stand Structure, and White Spruce Diameter Growth in white Spruce Stands in Interior Alaska (200KB) – A report prepared by Dr. Robert Ott on a research project conducted by TCC Forestry in 1998 through 2004, funded through the Forest Development Program of the BIA.

Forest Inventories

Forest Resources of Bureau of Land Management and Military (3.2MB) - Lands Within a 100 Mile Radius of Fairbanks, Alaska(1993) and associated geodatabase with GIS cover type data.

 NANA Region Native Allotment Forest Inventory (2.4MB) - A forest inventory of Native allotments in the NANA Region, completed in January 2013 under a contract with Maniilaq Association, Kotzebue, AK.

 BBNA Native Allotment Forest Inventory (1.7MB) - A report prepared as a deliverable on a Native Allotment Forest Inventory Contract completed by TCC Forestry for Bristol Bay Native Association in May 2007.

TCC Region Village Inventories

Scanned documents from inventory projects conducted on Native village corporation lands by TCC Forestry.

Ahtna Region Village Inventories

Scanned documents from inventory projects conducted on Native village corporation lands in the Ahtna Region under contracts by TCC Forestry.