Ailing pine trees prompt calls to Maine Forest Service

July 5, 2014 7:38 PM

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AUGUSTA, Maine — State forestry officials have been receiving numerous calls about a disease affecting white pine trees, but they say there should be no rush to cut them down because the trees may yet survive.

Several pathogenic fungi infect the needles of the trees, causing them to turn yellowish brown and fall off, but the problem is not new to Maine or the Northeast. The white pine needle disease epidemic has been occurring in most areas of New England and also New York for at least eight straight year...

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