Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits has added a feature to its webpage to allow citizens to report ailing and diseased red and white oak trees.

Oak decline is a growing phenomenon throughout the Mid-Atlantic region whereby forest managers and arborists are seeing a large number of oak trees dying. There are many factors for the cause of the decline, although it is not well-understood.

The public’s assistance to identify declining oaks throughout the county will help foresters pinpoint areas of loss and possible causes to help alleviate continued decline and target potential reforestation sites in the future.

The following link has been added to the Forestry webpage to report suspected oak decline:

For more information on the phenomenon, county forester Bud Reaves has conducted extensive research on Oak Tree Decline in Anne Arundel County.

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