- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) - Foresters at the Otsego Conservation District in northern Michigan are worried about the spread of a fungal disease called oak wilt that kills trees in the red oak family.

Forester Brittany Mauricette says the heaviest concentration of oak wilt in the area is in Roscommon County. The Petoskey News-Review (http://bit.ly/1I4AS3R ) reports cases of the disease have been confirmed across the state.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is requiring local foresters to report new cases of oak wilt. The agency is trying to prevent the disease from spreading by using machinery to sever tree roots in state forests and protected areas.

The disease is transported by beetles and can spread through tree roots. Residents who suspect a tree has oak wilt are asked to contact their local conservation district.

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Information from: Petoskey News-Review, http://www.petoskeynews.com

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