DNR Asks for Help in Stopping the Spread of Oak Wilt
As tax deadline approaches the DNR is focused on the threat of oak wilt.
April 15th usually marks the beginning of the yearly window when oak wilt can be transmitted from diseased trees to healthy red oaks.
The spread of oak wilt happens when beetles move fungal spores from trees that were killed by the disease last year to wounds on healthy oaks this spring. Once one tree becomes infected the disease can spread to others in the area through the trees shared root system.
One way that people can help prevent the spread of the disease is by not pruning or otherwise wounding trees from April to mid-July. This helps stop the fungus from getting into the oak tree.
More information on stopping the spread of oak wilt can be found on from the DNR’s website, available here.