Dead spruce in Fairbanks will be cut, turned into art

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A prominent spruce tree at a Fairbanks waterfowl refuge will be cut down in one week.

The spruce at the old farmhouse at Creamer’s Field is infested with spruce bark beetles and has died.

A contractor will fell the tree Oct. 7.

Charlie and Anna Creamer planted the tree next to their farmhouse on the north side of the city in the early 1930s. The state bought the property and turned it into a refuge in the early ’70s.

The tree for 15 years has been decorated with lights turned on during a Christmas celebration.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports wood from the tree will be used to raise money for Friends of Creamer’s Field.

The organization is offering pieces to artists. Artwork will be sold next spring.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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