Frequently Asked Questions
The current project is undergoing review. The UA Land team continues its in-depth analysis of the timber market and the effects of tariff increases between China and the United States on the Haines timber sale. As a result, active negotiations with the potential buyer are on hold since mid-2019. We are still working closely with the buyer in regard to estimating overall volume, timing of harvest with adjacent land owners harvest, needed infrastructure, potential tariffs and timeline of project life.
The UA Land team is also engaged in a review of carbon credit programs for all of University of Alaska lands, which includes the Haines / Chilkat Valley property.
The UA Land team has been analyzing the potential of engaging in a carbon credit program on all University of Alaska lands, which includes the proposed Haines 10-year timber sale. The carbon credit program is complex and evolving with a variety of factors that may affect University lands and future development.
Unlike private land owners, UA is a public land grant university. To date, there are no other land grant universities participating in this type of project to review a comparison. The team will continue to review all University lands that best fit the carbon credit program and then proceed with an RFP for a project team/advisor to help facilitate their participation in the program.
No, hunting and camping are strictly prohibited. Hunting is listed as unauthorized usage on all of our Land Use Permits. But, we’ve heard from you that this is an important issue to the community in Haines. The university is exploring the possibility of hunting on land west of the Chilkat River. Once we have an update, we will share more information as soon as possible.
All activity requires an authorization (i.e. lease, permit or agreement) from the University unless the use is defined as casual use, per Board of Regents’ Policy 05.11.044.F.
Casual use means the occasional non-commercial recreational use of undeveloped university property by members of the public. Casual use may include hiking, biking, running, skiing, and snowshoeing on established trails; berry picking; and fishing. Casual use does not include extraction of natural resources, cutting trees or other vegetation, clearing or cutting trails, hunting, camping or any commercial operation.
Individuals must complete a Land Use Application form, located on the website here, to request use of any university lands. Examples of such authorizations vary from firewood permits, access permits, permits for a race event and utility easements. Management of university lands must be consistent with the University’s BOR Policy 05.11.
The overall coordinated project is estimated to provide $90 million to the Haines economy. The university estimates it could be 40–45 total new local jobs with 25 in maritime and 20 in construction/forestry. This estimate is based on prior harvests in the region, and support needs for construction, timber operations, heavy equipment operator uses and maritime services. As the project develops, the university and buyer look forward to working with the Haines community to utilize the local work force.
Yes. The university has had conversations with Haines community members regarding the purchase of privately owned timber and the sale of university timber to small mill operators for value added production.
The university will review and consider all input to help inform the potential harvest plan and project implementation or any other development or activity on UA lands. Additionally, the university summarized comments for the Board of Regents and presented it at the Board of Regents meeting which was held in June 2018. The university will also consider those comments and input during the next steps, field surveys and timber cruising. This input will help refine project details, infrastructure needs and viable harvest areas. The timber sale process will be coordinated with the university’s partners, the State of Alaska Division of Forestry, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office. Periodic updates are being provided to the community via the UA Land Haines email list.