Is drought killing your trees?
September 02, 2013, 9:00 pm by Emily Zendt
Persisting drought conditions are still taking a toll on the greenery of the Highland Lakes area.
"We’re still suffering the effects of the 2012 drought,” said Robert Edmonson, Texas A&M Forest Service Project Biologist. "Trees are still dying due to drought conditions. There are not enough words to stress how severe the 18-month period has been.”
In 2012, an estimated 300 million trees were killed by the
drought, with the central Texas region having an above average mortality rate
comparatively, according to the Texas Forest Service. Edmonson says he has
noticed particular losses in areas north of the Pedernales River including
Junction, Willow City and the Enchanted Rock area. Tree losses are particularly
detrimental because it can cause erosion, especially in areas of the Hill
Country with sandy soil.
For more on this story, see Tuesday's Highlander.
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