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Foresters warn about the spread of Oak Wilt

Foresters warn about the spread of Oak Wilt

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- In the past two years, Grand Traverse County has seen the most cases of Oak Wilt, out of any county in the state.

Now folks in the Grand Traverse region are learning what they can do to help stop the spread.

Dozens of people came out to an Oak Wilt prevention discussion Tuesday night in Grand Traverse County to learn more about the disease.

Oak Wilt mainly impacts Red Oaks and infected trees cannot recover from it.

Experts say prevention is key, and the best way to do that is not prune an Oak Tree during the growing season, but only when the tree is dormant.

“As they become more educated they can go back to their neighborhoods, their communities, and talk about how Oak Wilt can be controlled through some really easy steps like not pruning or injuring an Oak Tree during the growing season,” said district forester Kama Ross.

The discussion on Tuesday was a joint effort between The Grand Traverse Conservation District and the Master Gardener Association.

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