Hemlock sawfly in its larval form. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service)

A tiny insect is causing major tree damage in Southeast Alaska. Scientists hope it’s a blip.

by Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska's Energy Desk
- Last year, the sawfly munched on about 40,000 acres of hemlock in Southeast Alaska. This year, that number ballooned to close to 400,000 acres of damage.
The proposed site of the Pebble Mine.

Pebble opponents sue Trump administration over EPA reversal

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A coalition of groups is challenging EPA’s decision to throw out what some saw as a “preemptive veto” of the proposed copper and gold mine.
Lauren Oakes paddles to a research site in the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness of Southeast Alaska. (Image credit: Lauren Oakes)

Climate change is causing yellow cedar decline. But not enough for an ESA listing.

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On Monday, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service published its decision not to protect yellow cedar under the Endangered Species Act.
The ferry Columbia is tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in February, 2012.

Ferry system budget cuts jeopardize ocean acidification testing along Inside Passage

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The Columbia made regular thousand mile runs between Bellingham, Washington, and Skagway, and takes a water sample every two minutes. But now she is tied up in Ketchikan’s south berth for the foreseeable future.

Who will be the fattest Katmai brown bear? Forget Beadnose, Holly is like the ‘Michelin Man.’

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A dozen Alaska brown bears in Katmai National Park and Preserve are competing for the title of fattest bear during the park’s annual Fat Bear Week.

As BP exits Alaska, 1,600 employees are waiting to find out what’s next

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BP has operated in Alaska for over half a century and has long had a hand in running the state’s biggest oilfield, Prudhoe Bay. The oil company’s plans to exit the state have left hundreds of workers in limbo.