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Oak wilt

Oak trees cut down in hopes of keeping disease in check

Downes Tree Sevice personnel remove one of 18 oak trees with oak wilt disease in the Glen Oaks development in Glenville on Tuesday. All 18 came down. Here, a tree surgeon cuts a diseased tree on the property of Terry Phillips on Somerset Lane.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Downes Tree Sevice personnel remove one of 18 oak trees with oak wilt disease in the Glen Oaks development in Glenville on Tuesday. All 18 came down. Here, a tree surgeon cuts a diseased tree on the property of Terry Phillips on Somerset Lane.
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Terry Phillips took picture after picture as the trunk of an oak tree next to his house was sawed off and lifted away by crane. It was the last of two giant red oaks to be removed from his backyard as part of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s latest effort to prevent the spread of the deadly oak wilt fungus, and the sixth to be removed since 2009. “We had a backyard that had ...


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