Forestry Board

Anchorage’s tree canopy is one of its crown jewels. As a Tree City USA, Anchorage has been nationally recognized for its dedication to the protection of trees and maintaining the tree canopy. Anchorage has its own City Forester and a Forestry Board that work to protect our urban forest.

The Anchorage Forestry Board manages the City’s trees through the guidelines of the City’s tree ordinance and it’s permitting process. Each year, their Street Canopy Campaign offers trees for the preservation of our street canopy, and their Arbor Day celebration includes a distribution of hundreds of young trees to Anchorage residents. To help keep our streets safe, the Forestry Board provides an annual Hazardous Tree Inventory to the city.

Note: Removal of any tree, dead or alive, in the City of Anchorage requires a permit. Click here to view the permit application.

Board members: City Forester Andrea Hanlon, Chair Jan Ruzich, Lucy Spickard, Diane McAllister, Adele McCoy, Ellen Welham, Paul Wessel, and Nancy Wilkinson.

For more information, contact Chair Jan Ruzich at jan@jmruzich.com.
 
Recommended Tree List
Anchorage Forestry Handbook

 
Forestry Board meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at City Hall at 8:45 a.m. Minutes are posted after they are approved by the Forestry Board.

Forestry Board Minutes for earlier years are available through the Anchorage Archives located at City Hall. Archive hours: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon by appointment.
2022

10/03/22 Regular Meeting Minutes      
09/05/22 Regular Meeting Minutes      
08/01/22 Regular Meeting Minutes      
07/11/22 Special Meeting Minutes      
06/06/22 Regular Meeting More...
05/02/22 Regular Meeting Minutes      
04/04/22 Regular Meeting Minutes      
03/07/22 Regular Meeting Minutes      
02/07/22 Regular Meeting Minutes      
01/03/22 Regular Meeting Minutes      
2021

12/06/21 Regular Meeting Minutes      
11/01/21 Regular Meeting Minutes      
10/04/21 Regular Meeting Minutes      
09/13/21 Regular Meeting Minutes      
08/09/21 Special  Meeting Minutes      
08/02/21 Regular Meeting Minutes      
07/12/21 Regular Meeting Minutes      
06/07/21 Regular Meeting Minutes      
05/03/21 Regular Meeting Minutes      
04/05/21 Regular Meeting Minutes      
03/01/21 Regular Meeting Minutes      
02/01/21 Regular Meeting Minutes      
01/04/21 Regular Meeting Minutes      
2020

12/07/20 Regular Meeting Minutes      
11/02/20 Regular Meeting Minutes      
10/05/20 Regular Meeting Minutes      
09/14/20 Regular Meeting Minutes      
08/03/20 Regular Meeting Minutes      
07/06/20 Regular Meeting Minutes      
06/01/20 Regular Meeting Minutes      
05/05/20 Regular Meeting Minutes      
04/06/20 Regular Meeting Minutes      
03/02/20 Regular Meeting Minutes      
02/03/20 Regular Meeting Minutes      
01/06/20 Regular Meeting Minutes