Oak wilt may be headed our way; what can you do?

Forestry service expert will address topic Thursday at Patterson Center
By PAUL UNGER Master Naturalist

Live oaks and Red Oaks (pictured) are particularly susceptible to Oak Wilt disease. Live oaks and Red Oaks (pictured) are particularly susceptible to Oak Wilt disease. While oak wilt has not been recorded in Milam County yet, it has been found in most surrounding counties.

Jim Houser of the Texas Forest Service and State Oak Wilt coordinator, will lead May's community forum to discuss this damaging tree disease at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Patterson Center.

While trying to stop oak wilt is difficult, Houser will answer questions and suggest things home owners can do for their trees. Live Oaks and Red Oaks, two popular local trees, are susceptible to the disease.

Milam County

has no recorded oak wilt, but it has been affected by the prolonged drought and the count y has seen many cases of "oak decline syndrome."

Houser will be available to answer questions about the diseases and suggest ways to help your trees.

Why oak wilt is not present in Milam is a matter of discussion with experts. Are we just lucky or is there an environmental reason? Either way, the consensus is that the threat is imminent and it is a clear danger to the beauty of our community.

Tr y ing to stop oak w ilt infection is extremely difficult and expensive, and not that successful in many cases. Prevention is the best and often only course of action. Waiting until you see brown on your trees is too late. Once they show the signs of these diseases there is nothing that can be done to save them.

The forum is a monthly educ at iona l pro - gram on topics of interest, sponsored by the city and the El Camino Real Master Naturalists.

Call Paul Unger for more information at 512-446- 6715. Rockdale_Carquest_3x5_05.01.09:

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