Spring and Summer Danger, Oak Wilt can kill your most valuable trees

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 Spring and Summer Danger, Oak Wilt can kill your most valuable treesoak trees


          Oak is one of the highest valued forests for reasons beyond the beauty it adds to Wisconsin woods.  Not only does it produce high-value lumber, which goes into fine furniture and trim, but it is an essential component of wildlife habitats, including that of deer and turkey. 

Unfortunately, oak regeneration is surprisingly difficult.  Oak growth declines annually due to old age and disease.  Oak wilt is an aggressive disease that kills thousands of oak trees every year.  Although there is no cure for the disease, it can be identified, prevented and controlled.

The disease is most prevalent in the southern majority of the state.  However, central Wisconsin experiences oak wilt at its worst.

forestLandowners can save their forests by planning ahead for the inevitable oak wilt.  Companies like Woodland Management Service offer professional evaluations to promote proper management by not only controlling an existing oak wilt problem, but preventing it as well.

Trees are often infected with oak wilt at a rapid rate due to the way in which it spreads through the root system.  Because tree roots often touch and graft to one another, the fungus that causes oak wilt in one tree can spread through the underground network like wildfire.  Early prevention is landowners’ best counter-attack.

When it comes to preventing oak wilt disease, having a diverse forest is a landowners’ best bet.  Black oak, pin oak, and northern red oak species are highly susceptible to the disease.  Foresters work with landowners to diversify the land.  Doing so prevents the disease from spreading through the root system and reduces its impact on the rest of the property.

If prevention is no longer an option, early detection can significantly reduce the detrimental effects of oak wilt.  The disease is most commonly identified in red oaks.  Symptoms include rapid leaf discoloration and wilting.  As the disease progresses and within a few weeks, the tree begins to lose its leaves.  The way the infection is spread usually results in whole groups of oak trees dying.

Understanding the symptoms of oak wilt disease can save large portions of forestland.  Once detected, the disease can be controlled in a variety of ways.  Quarantine zones involve cutting down oak trees around the infected area to prevent the disease from spreading.  Another option involves herbicide and root pruning.  Professional foresters will diagnose the problem and suggest a solution to protect land while keeping the landowners’ best interest in mind.

 By contacting a forester for a professional evaluation, private landowners in Wisconsin can prevent oak wilt disease and preserve their land for generations to come.



For more information about oak wilt disease and how it can be prevented or controlled, please call Bob Crane at 715-204-9663


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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob what a great and informative post. Here in my part of the world Oak Trees a Protected and if they are on a property where someone wants to build there is a formula the building codes require and if they are old or of a certain size they can not be moved.

May 19, 2013 03:35 PM #1
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h
What an unfortunate situation to have this disease affecting the oak trees. I would definitely see the value in investing in prevention.
May 20, 2013 08:45 AM #2
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for stopping by Endre and Mark, yes oaks are a valuble tree for many reasons and it pays to protect them.

May 26, 2014 04:01 PM #3
Sara Wagner
The Woodland Companies - Adams, WI
Stevens Point Rentals

Hi Bob, I am enjoying going through some of your early blog posts and reposts and getting ready to start doing some posts myself soon.

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