Wildfire Fuel Reduction Program &
Property Owner Assistance Available

The ASWCD now offers a Fuel Reduction Program designed to significantly reduce wildfire fuels in priority areas through direct outreach to private property owners.

The concept is simple and incorporates the District's mission to support property rights and self-governance: Give property owners with dead and dying spruce trees access to a no-strings-attached, property owner-driven, cost-share program.

The process starts with a simple form (available below). The District then works directly with you to come up with an individualized plan. You, the property owner, drive the plan because it's your property and your trees. You hire a contractor of your choice to do the work. Once the contractor is finished, the District inspects the work to ensure quality control. You provide the District with a copy of the contractor's invoice and proof of payment and the District will issue you a reimbursement check. It's that simple.

You only need to fill out two forms, both available here:
Application to FRP Cost-share program
Landowner Agreement and Permission Form

Generally speaking, the larger the tract to be treated, the larger the reimbursement level.

  • 100 percent reimbursement of contractor costs, minimum of 15 acres,* must be financially disadvantaged
  • 80 percent reimbursement, minimum of 15 acres*
  • 60 percent reimbursement, 5-15 acres
  • 70 percent reimbursement for on-site chipping or grinding of materials when biomass is utilized by property owner, minimum of 1,000 cubic feet of material
  • 60 percent reimbursement for on-site chipping or grinding of materials, less than 1,000 cubic feet of material
  • 40 percent reimbursement for removal of woody debris from property
  • * Acreage requirements may be met by organizing property owners in the same area (neighbors, subdivision, Homeowner's Association, Limited Road Service Area, etc.)

There are two more rules.

Alaska contractors receive contractual preference in accordance with ASWCD policy and appropriation directive.

Program funds can only be used to treat and/or remove dead and dying spruce trees.

The 2005-2006 campaign continues a program begun in 2000 when the ASWCD initiated a $444,627 mitigation and education program in partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage, U.S. Forest Service, State of Alaska Division of Forestry and other local, state and federal organizations and agencies. A second grant of $265,000 from the Municipality went to reduce fuels and expand the public wood lots. The third grant of $438,000 funded outreach and community education.

The current program includes funding most of the Anchorage woodlot's 2005 hours.

Here are some frequently asked questions about the ASWCD Fuel Reduction Program:

Q: How do you define woody debris?
A: Any debris composed of wood - brush, branches, trees, premanufacture only. No 2x4s or construction materials.

Q: What are 'priority areas'?
A: Those areas of the Municipality where you find high amounts of dead spruce, especially the Anchorage Bowl Hillside, Indian Valley, and Eagle River Valley.

Q: Is this program available to all property owners in the Municipality?
A: Yes, all property owners in the Municipality with dead spruce on their property are eligible. Applications are approved/denied by the ASWCD with higher consideration given to properties within priority areas.

Q: Is it just for residential lots?
A: No, all property within the priority areas is eligible.

Q: What's the definition of financially disadvantaged?
A: The District is developing guidelines to assist property owners who cannot afford to treat their property.

Q: How long will grants be available?
A: Until the funding is depleted. Because of limited funds, all applications are evaluated according to fuel loads on the property.