Sharing Experience in the Wake of the 2020 Midwest Derecho

About a week-and-a-half after the August 10, 2020, derecho that moved through and devastated a large swath of the upper Midwest, I made a trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, perhaps one of the hardest-hit urban areas in its path. The shear devastation was unlike anything I have ever seen before. Straight-line winds of up to […]

Trenching as a Root-Graft Disruption Treatment for Oak Wilt

Most arborists are familiar with oak-wilt (Ceratocystis fagacearum) ) symptoms and management guidelines. Oak wilt is a fungal vascular disease that is spread through root grafts or by nitidulid beetles carrying fungal spores from an infected oak to an open wound on another oak. Oak wilt affects all oak species, but because oak wilt affects […]

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