Talk of Southeast Alaska is a call-in radio program about regional issues faced by folks in all our listening communities. In this episode, we explored issues of forest health, fire safety awareness, and resources for people living in the Tongass National Forest. We were joined by Elizabeth Graham, Entomologist with the US Forest Service in Juneau; Kit Moffitt, Fire Staff Officer for the Tongass National Forest; Trevor Dobell-Carlsson, Program Manager for Forest Stewardship with the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Our guests provided resources for listeners to use: – Alaska Wildfire Information page and tracker – National Incident Information System, to track project fires – Alaska Forest Health: Disease, Insect & Invasive Plant Specialists – Firewise USA, residents reducing wildfire risks – University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service

Our next episode will be in June. We hope to expand the program soon, and are coordinating around current social distancing guidelines to make this happen! Want to keep up on Talk of Southeast Alaska topics, updates, or discussions? Sign up for our weekly newsletter –

Hosted by Becky Meiers, and produced by Peter Vu, Talk of Southeast Alaska is one of the results of 2019’s Translatorpalooza tour. We developed this show as a result of our meetings with listeners throughout our broadcast area. Over and over, folks in each community expressed the need to hear from each other — they wanted to hear how people throughout our region were dealing with the issues they were dealing with. They wanted to hear stories from other folks in small communities along the coast.

We’re always encouraging our listener-members to participate in making this radio, and now we’re building a direct line in.

Thanks to BellyMeat (Ernie Eggleston, Gary Gouker, Ted Howard), who created our theme and promo music, to Dave Emmert for his expert guidance, and to the KCAW News Room for their ongoing support around research & topics.