Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Borough Launches Beetle Kill Initiative

Mat-Su | Stefan Hinman | Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough, along with much of the state, is experiencing an ongoing spruce beetle outbreak resulting in large areas of dead, decaying standing spruce throughout the region creating potentially hazardous conditions. Dead and dying trees will eventually fall, potentially endangering people, buildings, and power lines.

In a coordinated, multi-agency response to the spruce beetle outbreak, the Mat-Su borough is launching a comprehensive Beetle Kill Fire Reduction Initiative by engaging with local, private and State agencies in promoting safety and addressing Spruce Beetle Kill Trees. With the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, State, Federal and Borough officials encourage Alaskans and visitors to use extra caution when doing such activities as camping, barbecuing or even cleaning up their yards. 
As part of planned mitigation efforts and with safety in mind, the Mat-Su Borough Manager has authorized the conditional FREE disposal of spruce beetle kill trees and brush for Borough residents at three locations. Detailed information about wood and brush disposal as well as other agency links can be found  at the Borough’s Beetle Kill Fire Reduction Initiative site.
Stefan Hinman/Public Affairs