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Oak Wilt Education

Phillip Kurzeja, oak wilt specialist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will give a presentation 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27, at the Alcona Conservation District field office, 320 S. State St., Harrisville.

The presentation was scheduled after 19 trees were suspected of having the disease along Hubbard Lake power lines maintained by Consumers Energy this summer.

“Treat them now and they won’t be able to spread next spring through root systems, creating oak wilt ‘pockets,’ ” said Eric Brandon, Alcona Conservation District forester. The disease also is spread by flying beetles carrying spores of the fungus.

“Seventy percent of the hardwoods in this area are oak and everyone is working to protect it,” he said.

An informal coalition of more than 70 people, including the Hubbard Lake Lady Learners, the Alcona County Commissioners and property owners have been working together to get the word out.

For more information, contact:

Eric Brandon
Alcona Conservation District
Forestry Assistance Program Forester, Alcona and Iosco Counties
320 S. State St., Harrisville, NI 48740

To view or download a fact sheet on Oak Wilt from Michigan DNR, click here.