Oak Wilt located in Crow Wing County

Oak Wilt located in Crow Wing County

June 24, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (6/24/21)

(Crow Wing County, MN) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is informing Crow Wing County residents of the presence of Oak wilt, a non-native invasive fungal disease that was discovered for the first time in the County.

Oak wilt has now been discovered in 40 Minnesota counties and continues to spread north. The University of Minnesota Plant Disease Clinic confirmed several infected oak trees in private land on the east side of Gull Lake. The plan is to treat the infected trees this fall and the DNR will continue to monitor the surrounding area for new infections.

For those in the areas of Gull Lake, a good indicator of oak wilt is a carpet of fallen leaves under an oak in mid-summer, when leaves should still be on trees. Crow Wing or Cass County residents should be on the lookout for these signs and report possible oak wilt by contacting the Brainerd DNR Forestry Office at 218-203-4300. More information on oak wilt prevention and how to best deal with infected trees and wood, can be found on the DNR’s website.