Erickson to support Alaska Forestry Research
Erickson Incorporated has been contracted to provide helicopter transport in support of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Inventory Analysis project.
Under the five-year contract, Erickson will deliver one light lift helicopter for charter services to an inter-agency field crew led by the Alaska DNR Division of Forestry, United States Department of Agricultural and United States Forest Service. The crew will establish forestry field plots to analyze and monitor over several years as part of a national program.
The Forest Inventory Analysis project area for 2016 is focused on Alaska’s interior. Erickson operations will be based in Fairbanks and work out of Nenana and Manley.
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For the work, the aircraft and crew will be required to operate in and out of unimproved landing areas, potentially during periods of inclement weather, gusty winds, and possibly smoky conditions.
“Erickson delivers exceptional service in remote locations and environments.”
Jeff Roberts, president and CEO of Erickson Incorporated said: “Erickson delivers exceptional service in remote locations and environments. Our teams excel in the wilderness environment and Erickson’s company’s history is steeped in forestry support and fire suppression, so we are proud to be a part of this land management research mission.”
Erickson’s Alaska operations have multiple locations throughout the state, supporting various industry needs.
For near-shore oil and gas customers, the company provides transport of passengers and cargo in the Cook Inlet and North Slope. It has also provided an aerial school bus for rural students. From a base in Nome, Erickson transports residents to the island of Little Diomede, the Western-most point of the United States.