A letter from Extension Director Fred Schlutt
UAF Chancellor Mike Powers has approved the closure of Cooperative Extension district offices in Anchorage and Sitka, effective Oct. 28. It appears that the university will receive more funding than expected from the state, but it will take time before Extension knows what its funding will be and what its options are. Extension Director Fred Schlutt shares some thoughts here about how and why that decision was made, based on the earlier expected reduction. Many details remain to be worked out about how we will serve clients in both communities. Please read these FAQs for a few more answers about the Extension closures.
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>July is National Blueberry Month. We have a publication if you’re picking blueberries and want to know how to preserve them. Included is information on nutrition and health, selection, cleaning, storage and juice extraction as well as recipes.

>Master Gardener registration is open for the Mat-Su valley. The course is offered at the Big Lake Library starting Sept. 9. If you’d like to learn more about gardening in Alaska and are willing to share your knowledge with others, consider signing up. Registration can be completed online. For more information or questions, call the Mat-Su/Copper River District Office at 786-6630 or email Steve Brown at scbrown4@alaska.edu.

>Find, identify and use wild berries with Mat-Su/Copper River District 4-H agent Lee Hecimovich at the Matanuska Experiment Farm Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. This workshop is free, but registration is required. Please call 745-3360 to register or with questions.

>If you want to collect, identify prepare and/or preserve wild edible mushrooms, the Mat-Su/Copper River District Office is offering Introduction to Mushrooms of the Mat-Su Region August 19-21. Students can register for the Friday lecture for $20 or the entire course for $100. For more information, call 745-3360 or view the flier. Registration is available online.

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

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