New Hampshire officials worry oak disease may reach state
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Forestry officials in New Hampshire are asking the public to keep an eye out for signs of an oak tree disease that has the potential to reach the state.
Oak wilt disease has been in the Great Lakes region for decades but recent outbreaks in Albany and Long Island, New York, have caught the eye of New Hampshire officials.
Red oaks are the most susceptible and can die within a few weeks. White oaks are less vulnerable.
The disease stops the movement of fluids through the infected tree and causes it to die of dehydration. Trees with oak wilt drop their leaves during the summer.
Among the ways the disease is spread is through the transportation of infected logs.