Fire Mitigation & Healthy Forests

Since 2000, the ASWCD has sponsored programs to educate residents about the danger of wildfire and assist them with mitigation efforts, primarily through fuel reduction programs.

The ASWCD has worked cooperatively with the Municipality of Anchorage, U.S. Forest Service, State of Alaska Division of Forestry, and other local, state and federal agencies and organizations to devise programs that drastically reduce wildfire fuels in priority areas and protect the rights of private property owners.

The cornerstone of the program is the Anchorage Woodlot. Anchorage residents made approximately 7,300 trips to the Woodlot in 2005 and 8,600 trips in 2006.

The ASWCD Fuels Reduction Program, beginning in 2005, is a direct outreach to private property owners to drastically reduce wildfire fuels in priority areas.

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


The 2005 campaign continues a program that began in 2000 when ASWCD initiated a 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 other state and federal agencies and organizations.

The ASWCD program began with a 2000 appropriation of $444,627.00 that went to tree removal and education, followed by a $265,000 grant from the Municipality of Anchorage to reduce fuels and expand the public wood lots, and a third grant of $438,000 to fund extensive outreach and community education.