- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Large fir trees in northern Idaho forests are supporting so many cones that they are in danger of snapping.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports (https://bit.ly/2aAS2sU ) that U.S. Forest Service officials believe last year’s weather extremes caused the excessive cone load at the top of the grand fir trees. The agency has issued a public safety warning about the toppling trees.

Idaho Panhandle National Forest Public Affairs Officer Shoshana Cooper says forest visitors should be alert and make sure they are aware of what’s going on in the trees above them.

Cooper says last summer’s drought and November’s windstorm damaged the root system, stressed the trees and caused heavy cone production.

She says anyone who sees a potentially dangerous tree in a camping area should notify the ranger district office.


Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, https://www.cdapress.com

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