A spruce tree showing heavy damage from spruce bark beetles stands on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ben Boetttger/Peninsula Clarion file)

A spruce tree showing heavy damage from spruce bark beetles stands on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ben Boetttger/Peninsula Clarion file)

Forestry to host Spruce bark beetle workshops amid outbreak

The Division of Forestry and Cooperative Extension will host a spruce bark beetle workshop Thursday.

The event is being offered because of increased spruce bark beetle activity on the Kenai Peninsula, Jessie Moan, statewide integrated pest management program technician for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, said.

She has been helping coordinate the workshops so people in affected areas can have access to information regarding their lands, and specifically trees. The workshop was also offered in Houston and Palmer last month.

An estimated 52,000 acres of the Kenai Peninsula has been damaged this year, according to the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

Agency representatives will be at the event to discuss spruce beetle activity, focusing on what landowners can do to protect their trees.

“We’ll be covering everything from basic biology and life cycles of a spruce bark beetle, status of the current outbreak, what to do when your trees are already affected and more,” said Jason Moan, who is Division of Forestry’s forest health program coordinator. He said the event will be an all-encompassing effort to teach people about how landowners can take care of their trees.

The event is 6-8 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road.

More in News

COVID-19 (Image courtesy CDC)
State reports 3 more COVID deaths, more than 900 cases

The newly reported deaths push Alaska’s total to 594 COVID fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic.

In this July 1908 photograph provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office, the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear sits at anchor while on Bering Sea Patrol off Alaska. The wreckage of the storied vessel, that served in two World Wars and patrolled frigid Arctic waters for decades, has been found, the Coast Guard said Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office via AP)
Coast Guard: Wreck found in Atlantic is storied cutter Bear

The ship performed patrols in waters off Alaska for decades.

The Federal Aviation Administration released an initiative to improve flight safety in Alaska for all aviation on Oct. 14, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
FAA releases Alaska aviation safety initiatives

The recommendations, covering five areas, range from improvements in hardware to data-gathering.

Kyle Kornelis speaks at a public meeting about the Runway 7-25 Rehabilitation Project on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna airport unveils revamped runway

Runway 7-25 was temporarily closed earlier this year while it underwent renovations.

Alaska Redistricting Board Director Peter Torkelson speaks at a redistricting open house on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Redistricting Board Director Peter Torkelson speaks at a redistricting open house on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Redistricting proposals draw concerns from local residents

The state is seeking feedback on the best way to redraw the state’s legislative district boundaries in the wake of the 2020 census.

Signs advertising COVID-19 safety protocoals stand outside the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Oct. 6, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Ordinance seeks more funding for sports complex renovations

Approved for introduction by the Soldotna City Council during their Oct. 13 meeting, the legislation would put an extra $583,000 toward the project

Most Read