Alaska Department of Natural Resources in the News

Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Commissioner Joe Balash, Communications Coordinator, Elizabeth Bluemink

May 23, 2013


(Sitka, AK) - The Alaska Division of Forestry Community Forestry Program, in partnership with Sitka Tree and Landscape Committee, is coordinating three classes on tree health care and planting in Sitka. The classes are open to the public at no charge. Signup beforehand is not required. The schedule is as follows:

Diagnosing Tree Health Problems
Monday, June 3, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Bob Gorman, UAF Cooperative Extension Service
Natural Resources & Community Development Faculty
Learn to observe signs and symptoms and to gather information about the biological, environmental, and cultural factors that affect a tree’s health.

Tree Selection, Planting, & Care
Tuesday, June 4, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Patricia Joyner, Alaska Division of Forestry
Community Forestry Program Manager and certified arborist
Learn to select the right site, choose a high quality tree, and plant and maintain it.

Plant a Tree
Wednesday, June 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Patricia Joyner
Help plant trees in a city park. Apply what you learned in Wednesday’s class in the real world.

The classes will be held at Harrigan Centennial Hall on Monday and Tuesday and will meet at Centennial Hall on Wednesday before going to Sealing Cove for a tree planting. For information, contact the Division of Forestry at, 907-269-8465, or Lynne Brandon, Sitka Parks and Recreation, at 747-1852.



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