University Projects

10-Year Timber Project

The University of Alaska, Land Management Office manages about 13,000 acres in the region and together with the Alaska Mental Health Trust and the State of Alaska we are working on a 10-year timber supply. This agreement was executed in 2018 with a Statement of Intent. These organizations have complementary missions regarding resources with lands bordering on or in proximity to one another. A collective effort supports the separate missions of UA, DOF and TLO for access, staging and marketing of their respective timber resources.

Land Management continues its in depth analysis of the timber market and the effects of economic factors and the tariff increases between China and the United States on the Haines Timber Sale. The current economic volatility provides Land Management leeway to further evaluate the timber price forecasts and focus on long-term activity in order to maximize returns on timber projects. Part of the on-going research includes evaluating the resources and responsibilities that can be shared to achieve a successful partnership with the operators in order to negotiate a favorable contract for a timber sale.

For more detail, please visit our FAQs and Background and Resources.

Hunting Permits

Hunting is currently 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.

Ripinski Trail

Haines Borough Assembly recently passed a resolution to support the Alaska Division of Forestry’s partnership with Haines Huts to apply for a Recreational Trails Program grant to acquire easements through Mental Health Trust and University lands for the Ripinski Trail. The Land Management team is currently working with the Division of Forestry and Haines Huts on the next steps for acquiring the public easement. We know this has been an important ask of the community and we are pleased to collaborate on this effort, especially with greater need for hiking during the ongoing pandemic.