‘How Homeowners can Protect Their Trees from Oak Wilt Death’ Free Homeowner/Arborist Educational Presentation


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Oak Wilt, a fungal disease affecting oaks, is moving through Michigan at an alarming rate.  While the disease can impact all oaks, the red oak family is the most susceptible, often dying within 30 days of becoming infected.

To help homeowners, arborists, and tree services know what to look for and how to prevent the spread of oak wilt, an educational presentation is being hosted by ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree organization in collaboration with the Arboriculture Society of Michigan.  Plant Pathologist, Dr. David Roberts, Ph.D., Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will give an overview of the disease and the most important areas of concern so homeowners can ensure the long-term health and vitality of their trees.

Oak trees make up a significant percentage of Michigan’s forests.  Trees not only provide environmental benefits but economic ones.  Trees and other vegetation increase property values up to 37%.  Plus trees can improve human health by absorbing pollutants and encouraging overall fitness.  The image of Michigan’s lake areas without oaks is not a good one!  So it is important to know how to spot oak wilt and what action to take.

Presentation topics will cover the disease, how it affects oak trees, and how it is transmitted via sap beetles to fresh wounds and through root grafts.  Other topics will include how to manage oak wilt once identified, important dates and restrictions, what to do with diseased wood and guidelines for hiring a tree service or arborist.  The presentation is interactive and attendees are encouraged to bring questions.  Free handouts will be available.


Performing Arts Center, Three Rivers High School, 700 6th Ave., Three Rivers, MI 49093


Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m.


ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org), City of Three Rivers, American Arbor LLC., Arboriculture Society of Michigan, and the DNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program.  Please note this event is not affiliated with Three Rivers Community Schools.


There is no charge to attend.  An RSVP is requested to ensure adequate handouts but is not required.  Please do so by calling 1-800-642-7353 or email info@ReLeafMichigan.org or American Arbor at 269-244-8524 or email info@AmericanArbor.net