BLM REA CYR 2013 Current (2010-2014) Timber Sales in the Central Yukon

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In the 1980s, most timber harvest was occurred only on the road system and the same pattern currently continues (Figure E-97; Sampson et al. 1988). Harvest in interior Alaska is limited by a 100–120 year rotation length cycle and access (Koontz 2013; E. Geisler pers. comm.). A 1998 study found that softwood lumber was the best opportunity for timber production in interior Alaska with white spruce (Picea glauca) most likely to meet local demand (Sampson et al. 1988). The Tanana Valley Forests are large expanses of land from Manley Hot Springs to the Canada border that are open to a variety of resource extraction activities including mining, gravel extraction, timber harvests, oil and gas leasing, and grazing ( In the 1980s production was below 20 million board feet (Sampson et al. 1988); while the current desired production is 14 million board feet (Meany 2014). The main limiting factors for harvest are access, costs associated with extracting and shipping timber, and small diameter of the trees (Wurtz et al. 2006). Even though very little timber production actually occurs, climate change is threatening the future of upland white and black spruce and lowland black spruce in Interior Alaska (Barber et al. 2000; Juday et al. 2005; Wilmking and Myers-Smith 2008) and forest fire activity has been increasing, both of which could hinder future timber production. Overall timber sales in the CYR study area are declining (Figure E-98). Within our study area there are 65 parcels from the Fairbanks office up for sale, but no parcels from the Delta Junction office during the five-year study plan (2014–2018). One limitation with harvesting timber is the cost to build roads, which can be more than the actual harvestable surplus (Sampson et al. 1988). In 1987 it cost $115 to harvest one acre, while reforestation costs were $142 per acre for spruce and $38 per acre for deciduous forests. A return of $257 per acre for spruce and $153 per acre for deciduous forest would be needed to cover the costs associated with road building and habitat restoration (ADNR, Division of Forestry 1987).

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Metadata Date October 13, 2017
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Reference Date(s) October 15, 2013 (publication)
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