Originally Posted by Chrysaetos
Forests under threat again.... but this time it's something else.
''UK trees are facing an "unprecedented level of threat" from pests and diseases, the Forestry Commission has warned.
All species are vulnerable to potential attacks - from ecologically vital oaks to non-native ornamental species, such as lawson cypresses.
The biggest risk, it warns, comes from non-native organisms, which - in their natural range - are kept in check by natural predators and environmental conditions.''
We lost a lot of our elms many years ago from Dutch Elm disease. Then there are the larvae of Pine Bark Borer Beetles. The Forestry Department had to take out large swaths of pine in order to save the others.