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By Andrew Christiansen

Stressed firs increase vulnerability



Contributed WHAT"S KILLING THE TREES?: Conservationists are concerned about what is happening to Douglas firs in the area.

The effects of the 2015 drought is presenting its effects on Klickitat County trees this spring. Residents of the county have been noticing that Douglas fir trees appear to be dying at an alarming rate. According to Dan Lennon, Landowner Assistance Forester with DNR, Douglas firs are especially vulnerable because most of the county is outside ideal habitat for the trees. "Poor soils, heat and lack of moisture," says Lennon put Douglas firs at risk.

The situation has created a further problem as stressed trees attract insects that are attracted to chemicals exuded by the trees as they deteriorate.

One of those insects is the Douglas fir beetle, which can attack in swarms, says Washington S...

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