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Free native tree seedling offered during inaugural “Go Wild” dig

(Kenai, AK) – Spring is the time to plant and the Alaska Division of Forestry and Department of Transportation & Public Facilities invite the public to participate in the inaugural “Go Wild Roadside Tree Seedling Dig” on Saturday, May 18, just east of Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula.

The purpose of this family-friendly event is provide Alaskans with free seedlings – including spruce, birch, aspen and willow – from the Sterling Highway right-of-way. The seedlings can be used for landscaping, wildlife habitat enhancement, and Firewise projects.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Forestry professionals will show participants how to successfully dig and transplant the seedlings, which will be available in heights ranging from 6 inches to three feet tall.

Anyone who wants to participate should bring a bucket, shovel, trowel, gloves, and pruners to the paved turn-out at Mile 80.5 of the Sterling Highway, located roughly a half-mile east of Sterling.

For more information, call Judy Reese with the Division of Forestry Stewardship Program at (907) 262-6547 or email judith.reese@alaska.gov .

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