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Sitka Spruce Park

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Sitka Spruce Park Unalaska Alaska United States
Sitka Spruce Park
This two-hectare (five-acre) reserve shelters a National Historic Landmark celebrating the place where Russian priests planted Sitka spruce trees in 1805: the oldest recorded act of afforestation in the United States. Rumor has it that several of the current trees are descended from this original stock. Oppressed by the harsh climate, most are tiny and twisted—the species can hit 61 meters (200 feet) in more sheltered areas of Alaska. These lonely silhouettes often attract photographers.