Anchorage Woodlot

The ASWCD was unable to open the Anchorage Woodlot for the 2014 season due to financial circumstances beyond our control (related to another project, which became very adversarial with the State); however, our contractor, Alaska Landclearing/Hydroax has opened a woodlot with the Municipality: click here for more information from the Municipality.

For more information on the ASWCD's situtation, please click here for the related press release.

To further the discussion and compile information about future actions that could be taken to ensure this doesn't happen again, we would like you to please e-mail us so that it's in writing, your comments and concerns, so that we may compile them and approach the Municipality and/or other entities about future support and/or possible partnerships. For the record of woodlot concerns, please e-mail them to aswcd@aswcd.org.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Mulch: 
Why is there a charge now?
The Anchorage Woodlot has operated for the past several years under funding provided by a federal appropriation (or earmark); however, due to recent budget constraints and increased focus on earmarks in Alaska and elsewhere, the District has implemented a self-support approach to continue woodlot service to the community. Our first year was 2008.

The ASWCD charges a minimal fee to cover operational expenses such as employees and material processing. We try to keep charges to a minimum, and, should future funding become available, we’ll try to reduce or eliminate residential charges.

Because the Municipality and especially MOA Street Maintenance are allowing us to use this site we do not have to pass on the cost of a land lease, a substantial savings. To further keep costs to the current minimum, please be as tidy as possible – more mess means higher costs that will be passed on to you. Together we can operate a self-sustaining, on-going, and valuable option in our community for both wildfire mitigation and for biomass utilization.

All incoming material to this site is processed into material suitable for landscape mulch, on trails, in soil erosion projects and construction projects, within equestrian and livestock areas, or for addition to your compost piles. All material is provided FREE to the community, so be sure to come back before the end of the season to pick up your brush in a different, more useful form.

The community is also welcome to pick up any logs for use as firewood or other creative uses people have found, such as making wooden bowls or chairs and benches. Note that firewood goes quickly and due to liability reasons, we cannot allow you to operate equipment or chainsaws on-site.

For questions or more information, please contact the District at 907.677.SOIL (7645).

Thank you.