Southeast Alaska’s Forest Yellows from an Insect Outbreak

Some parts of the forest in Southeast Alaska are a little off color. Hemlock trees are turning yellow and brown from a sawfly outbreak. But as Angela Denning reports from KFSK in Petersburg, there’s not much to worry about.

The US Forest Service started getting a lot of calls about yellowish trees on hillsides in Southeast Alaska this month. The color is from dying hemlock leaves, which were damaged by an insect. So, they got their experts to look into it.

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