This article was adapted from how it originally appeared on October 10, 2018, in DNR's blog, Ear to the Ground with DNR & Commissioner Franz Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has unveiled the largest budget request of its kind in state history: a $55 million Department of Natural Resources proposal for fighting wildfires and … Continue reading Commissioner Franz Proposes Historic $55M Wildfire, Forest Health Budget
November 19, 2018 Availability of the Proposal to Remove the Domestic Quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/20deded USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 09/18/2018 09:05 AM EDT APHIS is proposing to remove the domestic quarantine regulations for the emerald ash borer (EAB). Eliminating this regulation is in keeping with USDA’s … Continue reading Proposal to Remove the Domestic Quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer
Article by Glenn Kohler, DNR Forest Entomologist This spring and summer, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received numerous reports of dead or damaged Douglas-fir trees throughout the state. Symptoms include entirely red crowns in saplings and red tops or scattered red branches in trees. The damage is more common in dry lowland … Continue reading Douglas-fir Damage May Be Caused by Secondary Bark Beetles
Drought, or the more generic term water stress, has been a big issue for trees in our area, resulting in tree decline and mortality in forests, natural areas, and yards across the region. Starting in 2012, we have had a series of record-setting summers in terms of heat and days without rain. This is taking … Continue reading Focus on: Drought (Timely Tree Tips)
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and USDA Forest Service conduct annual aerial surveys to identify, map and monitor the impacts of insect and diseases on forest lands throughout the state. Aerial survey data are verified with ground-based observations and are compared against the results of other forest health research happening throughout the state. Survey results are compiled … Continue reading 2017 Forest Health Highlights Report
As the seasons change and the weather warms, DNR Forest Health staff tend to get more inquiries about tree health issues across the state. Some issues such as root diseases or Douglas-fir bark beetle mortality are relatively common, while others are less common but equally attention-getting. The latter includes red and dead branches, red and … Continue reading Emerging Issues with Western Hemlock and Douglas-fir
Since September, I have been awakened from a dead sleep countless times by an obnoxious buzzing in my ear and, even more unsettling, the feeling that something is crawling on top of my head. Although groggy, I usually realize pretty quickly that it’s just a stink bug, grab it, and toss it across the room. … Continue reading Are Those “Stink Bugs” in Your Home?