Timber owners, nurseries and other interested parties are working to prevent the spread of P. ramorum, or sudden oak death, in Curry County, Ore., on the southern Oregon Coast. According to the Curry Coastal Pilot newspaper in Brookings, Ore., the Curry County Biomass Working Group has invited Forest Service officials who are experts to speak at its next meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the County Annex Blue Room, Gold Beach. At the group’s previous meeting, a timber company official reported that 200 of the company’s 35,000 timbered acres are infected with the disease and will be burned this fall. A significant chunk of Curry County is under quarantine, and trees within a mile of infected sites cannot be taken to the mill.
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About Curt Kipp
Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.