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Are you a coastal resident concerned about a “sickly” spruce tree in your yard or community? Join Oregon State University Extension – Clatsop County for an informational meeting on the spruce aphid, the tiny insect that is responsible for defoliating Sitka spruce along the coast of Oregon and northern California. Guest speaker Dr. Christine Buhl, a Forest Entomologist with the Oregon Department of Forestry, will share information on the spruce aphid and describe her current efforts to monitor for this pest, with plenty of time for Q&A.

Find out how you can help. Immediately following the meeting, there will be an optional fieldtrip to a nearby location to view spruce aphid damage up close and to learn how you can participate in efforts to monitor for this pest.

This FREE event will take place on Monday, September 16 at the Bob Chisholm Center, located at 1225 Avenue A, in Seaside, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. The fieldtrip will immediately follow the meeting and reconvene at a nearby location within easy walking distance of the meeting venue.

Please RSVP so chairs can be set-up accordingly. Bob Chisholm Center is a wheelchair accessible venue.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Dan Stark at dan.stark@oregonstate.edu, or call the OSU Ext. office at 503-325-8573.

For more information on the spruce aphid, visit https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/ForestBenefits/Spruce_aphid_2017.pdf. For more information on common insects and diseases of Sitka spruce on the Oregon coast, visit

https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/em9105.pdf.

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