The Homer Demonstration Forest sponsored by the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District is a 360 acre tract of State-owned land that was formally designated as a community demonstration forest in 1986. In the last 10 years, the Kenai Peninsula has experienced a severe spruce bark beetle epidemic, with all spruce 8 inches and larger in diameter killed and has now reached the Homer area. The District planted 12,000 local seed source Lutz spruce on 20 acres before the mature spruce dies to avoid severe vegetation competition. Homer community volunteers, the Homer Ski Club, the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, the Homer Garden Club and local schools will be partners in the effort. The Alaska Division of Forestry will provide technical advice and logistical support. The Forest will provide opportunities for skiing, hiking, wildlife viewing and serve as a demo area for other land owners.
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