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.