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Oak Tree Dying: Under the spreading chestnut tree December 19, 2011 Texas

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Under the spreading chestnut tree December 19, 2011 Texas, Weatherford Democrat

... As I watch the beautiful live oaks and the majestic red oak trees on my farm fall victim to and die from oak wilt, also an introduced fungal disease, I could just cry. These trees are hundreds of years old and their loss leaves a terrible hole in the ecosystem. In Central Texas millions of acres of live oak trees are dying from this wilt. They are replaced with ash juniper (cedar), mesquite, poverty bush, and other less desirable species. What will replace the acorns as food for the deer and wild turkey populations? 

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