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Second seminar on dying trees set

January 21, 2019 GMT

Following a standing-room only presentation in December, state forester Kevin Zobrist is again slated to speak about the emerging issue of dead and dying trees.

The Mount Vernon City Library will host a forest health seminar featuring Zobrist at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Hillcrest Lodge, 1717 S. 13th St.

“Due to overwhelming attendance and interest at the previous presentation ... this presentation is being offered again,” a library news release states.

Zobrist, associate professor of forestry at Washington State University Extension Forestry, is an expert on tree health — including insect infestations and drought stress — and will explain why so many trees are dying in the area and what property owners can do for trees on their land.

Western red cedars throughout Western Washington have been hit particularly hard in recent years by several warm, dry summers.

Several who attended Zorbist’s talk Dec. 12 expressed concern about seeing cedar trees of all sizes turning brown.