Federal money announced to fight Alaska spruce bark beetles

KENAI, Alaska - The U.S. Forest Service is providing funds to the state to help address an accelerating spread of spruce bark beetles.

During a recent U.S. Senate hearing, Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen said the agency would transfer $2 million in carry-over funds to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The money is intended to remove hazard trees and build fuel breaks.

According to the state forestry division, spruce beetles affected more than 1.3 million acres statewide during the 1990s. But that area has grown to more than 6 million acres since 2010.

The Peninsula Clarion reports the beetles are active during summer months, when they emerge from infested trees to new host trees to feed and breed.
Read more on Toronto Star
News Topics :
Similar Articles :
ANCHORAGE, Alaska The threat of falling trees brought on by insects and exacerbated by climate warming will close two Alaska state campgrounds this summer. Campers could be hurt by...
ASPEN, Colo. Avalanche debris in Colorado’s high country could provide fresh breeding grounds for the forest destroying bark beetle, but a U.S. Forest Service supervisor says there’s little the agency...
Two words, and a tiny little creature, strike fear in the hearts of many Colorado outdoor enthusiasts bark beetle. But new research from University of Colorado Boulder reveals that even...
Top Stories
Stressed by drought and already severely damaged by a massive pine beetle infestation, British Columbias beleaguered forests are facing a second major insect attack. Katherine Bleiker, a research scientist with...
FRESNO, Calif. The number of trees in California s Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought, a bark beetle epidemic and warmer temperatures has dramatically increased since last year, raising...