Sudden Oak Death Ravaging Fir Trees in Pacific Northwest

Scientists have recently discovered a deadly plant disease that’s infecting fir trees in the Pacific Northwest.

This “European” strain of sudden oak death (Phytophthora ramorum) appeared in southwest Oregon a few years back, and it was known to spread to fir trees in Europe. This disease has killed millions of tanoak trees and several oak tree species (coast live oak, California black oak, Shreve oak and canyon live oak).

Differing from the European strain of sudden oak death, the North American strain has been killing tanoak throughout Curry County for years. read more >>