The Slow Storm: Tree Mortality in Connecticut from Invasive Insect Pests

Tom Worthley, UConn Associate Extension Professor, Forestry recently wrote a compelling report (below) on Connecticut’s tree mortality rates, and how and why they are dying. You don’t need to go far to see what Tom is talking about. Just outside our windows here at the UConn Cooperative Extension building in Haddam, we were all saddened to see one of our most majestic trees in our back field not return to its full splendor this spring.

Oak tree
A photo taken a few years back of the beautiful oak tree in our back field.

 

dead Oak tree
The same oak tree this season.

Continued oak tree mortality that has been occurring during the summer of 2018, being caused by other pathogens attacking stressed trees, is evidenced by foliage that has turned brown but not dropped off.

An oak tree across the street from our office, hasn’t lost its leaves yet, but is clearly dying.

Read Tom’s full report