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Pine wilt keeps moving west

Appropriate removal of affected trees is the only “treatment” for pine wilt.

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles on the continuing spread of pine wilt disease.)

When Kansas Forest Service District Forester Jim Strine met with the Great Bend City Council in June of 2010, he reported that Great Bend was as far west as a killer pine tree disease had been transmitted.
But Monday when he met with the Barton County Commission, he explained that it has moved on to Rush, Ellis, Rooks and Phillips counties, and it continues to spread.
That is, in part, because there is no cure for the disease. It can only ...

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