AK: Removing beetle-killed spruce at state campgrounds is costly

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Getting rid of beetle-infested spruce trees at state campgrounds in the Mat-Su could cost more than $1 million. The State Parks superintendent for the Mat-Su area, Stuart Leidner, said the state is working to secure federal funding through the U.S. Forest Service for the project.

Signs of spruce beetle kill are all over the South Rolly Lake campground in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area.

“This is a spruce beetle hole right here. You can kind of see they’re all over the place. Looks like someone shot it with a shot gun, there’s like little holes. So this is like mass attack,” said area forester Stephen Nickel with the Division of Forestry.

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Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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