Drought affecting Oregon conifers
September 5, 2018
Conifers in Oregon are getting hit hard by several years of drought, to the point that many are dying.
“Beginning in 2013-14, we started to see significant impact on Doug-firs in western Oregon, particularly in the south end of the state,” said Dave Shaw, a forest health specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “Now you’ll notice them checking out up and down the I-5 corridor.”
It’s past the point of just Doug-firs, however. Many conifers, including Western red cedar, incense cedar, grand fir and even valley ponderosa pine are succumbing as well.