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Dry summer putting the heat on trees


September 1, 2021

Gina Swanson

Heat-damaged needles are evident on conifers along Highway 20 in the Cascadia area.

Trees, especially those along some local highway stretches, have suffered from the record-setting heat Oregon has experienced this summer, experts say.

"It's been a super hot and dry summer," said Sweet Home District Ranger Nikki Swanson of the U.S. Forest Service. "Early-season triple digit temperatures caused stress to trees that are not used to seeing such warm temperatures at that time of the year. We have noticed heat stressed trees throughout the Sweet Home Ranger District."

The record-setting temperatures experienced by Sweet Home and in major cities in the Willamette Valley in late...

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