Alaska suffers resurgence of beetle that causes tree deaths

KENAI, Alaska (AP) – Kenai wildlife experts say the region is experiencing a resurgence of the spruce bark beetle, an insect with a history of causing tree deaths in south-central Alaska.

The Peninsula Clarion reported Tuesday that the region’s last outbreak of spruce bark beetles was in the late 1990s.

The U.S Forest Service and Alaska Division of Forestry have run annual aerial surveys of damage caused by the beetle since the 1970s. This year’s survey tallied the most damage since 1997.

State Forest Health Program Manager Jason Moan says about 95 percent of that damage was in south-central Alaska.

Former Fish and Wildlife Service ecologist Dr. Ed Berg says prior to the 1990s outbreak, the last major spike in the spruce beetle population was in the 1880s.

The post Alaska suffers resurgence of beetle that causes tree deaths appeared first on Newstalk 750 – 103.7 KFQD.

SHARE

RELATED CONTENT

So…. this weekend. Water levels recede after glacial dam outburst in Juneau Motorcycle driver dies in crash with pickup in Sterling Troopers identify man killed in airplane crash near Willow Fisherman missing after fall into Ugashik River Bears killed near Eagle River were not involved in maulings
Comments