Just over two years ago, I wrote about a mysterious affliction that was decimating American beech trees in parts of northeastern Ohio. You can read that post RIGHT HERE. It was brought to my attention by John Pogacnik, biologist with Lake County Metroparks.
Last week, John reported with an update, and the news is not good. Experts remain stymied as to the cause of the affliction, which seems to be spreading. All of the photos, and much of the text (lightly edited) that follows, is from John. Read on, and then see recent photos of affected trees following the text. All photos, I believe, were taken recently in Lake County, Ohio.
"Basically experts have been looking at it for three years now and cannot nail down a cause. They have studied the roots, leaves, buds, and branches, but cannot find anything. They see problems, but they appear to be there because the trees are dying or stressed and are not the cause. Holden Arboretum has a project where they are carefully studying affected trees to document how the disease is spreading. The Ohio Division of Forestry and US Forest Service will use this information and what I have compiled to apply for a grant to hire a grad student to study it full time. I think that may be the way to go.