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By Kym Pokorny
Oregon State University Writer 

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. 

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