We are worried about the effects of large infestation and about wildlife.
Observation: Some of the trees in the area of Fort Yukon are infested with spruce bark beetles. They been increasing in the last few years. Spruce trees are an important part of the land and we depend on the forest for subsistence. Though the dead trees are good for fuel, we are worried about the effects of large infestation and about wildlife. Rocky James
Video: LEO Network YouTube video - Spruce Bark Beetles - Fort Yukon, AK rt: 4:44 min.
Alaska Department of Natural Resource – Spruce bark beetle facts and figures, Source: Alaska Division of Forestry
Cooperative Extension Service – Spruce Bark Beetle; A Guide to Tree Management Options for Home and Woodlot Owners for Southcentral and Interior Alaska - This guide provides a quick reference for commonly asked questions regarding the spruce beetle, what you can do to protect healthy unattacked spruce trees, and determining what your options are if your tree is under attack. PMC-10067. Source: University of Alaska Fairbanks