Spruce beetle workshops offered in Southcentral

Time: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 12 and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 17
Location: Big Lake Public Library (Oct. 12) and Talkeetna Elementary School (Oct. 17)

Workshops about managing spruce beetle damage and protecting the health of spruce trees will be offered in Big Lake and Talkeetna in the next two weeks.

<i>Photo courtesy of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service</i><br>A spruce beetle crawls across lumber. The insects are only a quarter-inch long but are capable of significant damage.
Photo courtesy of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service
A spruce beetle crawls across lumber. The insects are only a quarter-inch long but are capable of significant damage.

The Alaska Division of Forestry and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host the free workshop from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Big Lake Public Library and again from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Talkeetna Elementary School.

Agency representatives will discuss the recent increase in spruce beetle activity in the Mat-Su Valley and what landowners can do to limit spruce beetle impacts on their property.

For more information, contact Jessie Moan at 907-786-6309 or mjmoan@alaska.edu. An Extension publication about spruce beetle management is available at http://bit.ly/2ysiBi0.