Kenai Peninsula Borough to get money to remove beetle-killed trees

Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2000

KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula Borough officials have been notified that $2 million is on its way to help the borough remove beetle-killed trees.

The borough received notice last week that $2 million, which Congress appropriated in the fall, was being made available to the borough.

Bonnie Golden, assistant to Mayor Dale Bagley, said an ordinance will be put before the borough assembly to accept and appropriate the money. Then, she said, the administration will ask the assembly to approve its spending plans.

Michael Fastabend, the borough's spruce bark beetle coordinator, said some of the money will be used to lessen the fire hazard posed by beetle-killed trees.

Homeowners burning slash from beetle-killed trees have caused several recent wildfires, Fastabend said. However, with 1.4 million acres impacted by beetles, he said the money will not go far.

''We need to make sure that when we do activities, they are cost-effective and done in the places where they give the maximum benefit for reducing the fire hazard,'' he said.

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