Spruce Beetle

1 – Introduction

Learning Objectives

  • To learn what spruce beetles are and how they damage trees
  • To learn which trees and forests are at risk for spruce beetle
  • To learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of spruce beetle activity
  • To learn how to manage and control spruce beetles


Spruce beetles play an important role in Alaska’s forests. These native pests occur throughout the range of spruce in Alaska and are always present in the environment, but populations can outbreak under the right conditions and they can become devastating agents of change, causing mortality across large areas of spruce forests. This module teaches you about spruce beetles, what they do, and management strategies to control them.



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