Alaskans celebrating Arbor Day

Arbor Day is America’s national tree planting holiday, the day many set aside to plant ceremonial trees, educate children about the importance of trees and honor the important role that trees play in our daily lives.

This year, Alaska will celebrate Arbor Day on Monday, May 20. A number of local organizations have planned Arbor Day celebrations:

In Sitka there will be an Arbor Day tree planting and Tree City USA celebration held on Saturday, May 18 at Moller Field; time to be determined. For more information contact Lisa Moore at

In Ketchikan, there will be a Tree City USA celebration and Arbor Day seedling planting on Monday, May 20 at Fawn Mountain Elementary. The time is to be determined. For more information, contact Laura Charlton at

Calls to the City and Borough of Juneau Parks and Recreation Department regarding Juneau Arbor Day celebrations were not returned by press time. If you know of any local events, please email them to


Buckwheat Classic registration opens

Registration is now open for the 31st annual Buckwheat Ski Classic. The cross-country ski race will be held on March 25 on the Log Cabin Ski Trails north of Skagway and include 50K, 25K and 10K classic races as well as a 5K kids race.

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Unit 4 fur season to end

The season for marten, mink, weasel and river otter in Unit 4 (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Islands) ended Wednesday. Beaver season remains open through April 30.

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Fireside Lecture on Southeast’s ancient shorelines

Geologist Jim Baichtal will discuss revising old theories regarding how life adapted to Southeast Alaska’s ancient ice sheets during today’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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