Marty Kemper has been tracking damage he has been observing on local trees for several years, especially oaks. The damage observed affects the foliage. Marty has put together some photos of the damage he has shared with other area foresters for their analysis.
Marty will lead us on a short tour of a several sites in Washington County to observe firsthand what he has been documenting. Chris Evans, University of Illinois Research Forester along with other area foresters will be joining us on a guided tour of several sites to observe the damage and work together to learn and share information with each other to gain a better understanding of the severity of this problem.
We will meet at the Washington County Extension office (9623 Wall Street, Nashville, IL) on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 9:00 am and will plan our site tour from there. We will visit 2-3 sites for observation. The outing should last about 1.5-2 hours. There will be very little walking, most trees are on public sites all near roadways.
This is an excellent opportunity to hone our observation skills and assessment tools to develop a hypothesis that hopefully results in a conclusion. As stated in Marty’s e mail “We are, all of us, trying to educate our communities to be good stewards of our natural resources in various ways. Stewardship is not a passive activity and it requires knowledge of the status of our resources. I think a "look-see" could help us further our common goal.”
I hope you plan on joining us on August 1 st!
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