A potentially harmful pathogen called spruce bud blight has now been identified in Sitka. Researchers with the Forest Service are trying to determine how widespread Spruce Bud Blight has become, and what kind of threat -- if any at all -- it represents for Southeast forests.
High rainfall this month is being blamed for a major landslide near Sitka. The US Forest Service reports that a 100-acre slide came down in the Starrigavan Valley, about ten miles from town. The slide, and water damage to an ATV trail in the valley and other hiking trails elsewhere in Sitka -- all add up to a tough month for the agency.