>An increase in spruce beetle damage has occurred in Southcentral Alaska in the last two years. Extension is partnering with the Alaska Division of Forestry to host a workshop at the Big Lake Public Library on May 24 from 6-8 p.m. The free workshop will cover spruce beetle prevention and management practices, what you can do for your trees and how to get your spruce beetle questions answered. For more information or with questions, contact Jessie Moan at 786-6309 or mjmoan@alaska.edu.

>Extension has released a new edition of “A Solar Design Manual for Alaska. The focus of this edition is an expanded section on solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, which has experienced a dramatic drop in pricing over the past decade. Extension Energy Specialist Art Nash and research engineers with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Chris Pike and Erin Whitney, will discuss the updated manual on May 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the new engineering building on the UAF campus. For more information, view the flier or call 474-5211.

>Are you thinking about gardening this summer? Extension has publications to help you with seed starting, raised bed gardening, greenhouses and selecting what to grow in Interior, Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. For more information on gardening in Alaska, check out the Extension publications catalog or visit your local district office.

>Juneau Extension agent Sarah Lewis is hosting Wild Kitchen Walks this summer. Find local plants and learn about their uses in cooking. The next workshop will be on June 3. The cost is $40 and registration is available online. To see the full schedule, view the flier. For more information, call 523-3280.

> For past announcements please visit our home page news archive.

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