Visit to an exotic tree plantation in Alaska

Artist and UAF professor emeritus Kes Woodward in a stand of exotic trees on the Fairbanks campus. 

“I came here 40 years ago, when I just moved up from Juneau,” Kes Woodward says in a South Carolina accent soft as butter. “These trees were just saplings.”

Woodward, 69, a painter and emeritus University of Alaska Fairbanks art professor, is guiding me on a walk through an unusual grove of trees. The tall stems standing before us are not often seen in middle Alaska.

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