What’s Causing the Official State Tree of Arkansas to Die?
The Official State Tree of Arkansas, the loblolly pine is dying. The mystery remains, why?
I was sitting out on my patio the other day looking out at the nearby woods and noticed a couple of pine trees that were turning brown then I saw something in the news about the pine trees in Arkansas dying at an alarming rate so I decided to further look into it and here's what I found.
Dr. Vic Ford with The University of Arkansas Agriculture Extension Office has been investigating why the normally plush green trees are turning brown all of a sudden across much of the state which typically happens when a tree becomes infected with some sort of pathogen. Trees that die pose a threat to individuals as their limbs become brittle and could break. and fall off damaging homes if in a residential area.
Not only that but Arkansas' $3.6 billion dollar timber industry could be affected if trees continue to die off.
Many experts believe that dying trees could be an environmental issue from extreme weather conditions such as a prolonged period of rain to extremely hot dry conditions that can stress out trees. Whether it be some type of pathogen disease or chemical-induced, trees turning brown is never a good sign. The good news is the problem is fixable once the cause is determined but you don't want it to be an ongoing problem because that could be devastating.