Tree & Forest Health

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Whether you have a small backyard or acres of woodland property, the health of your trees is important to you and to everyone else.

Did you know that most tree problems result from a combination of factors? Insects and diseases often get the blame for killing trees, but factors like drought or construction damage are most likely the primary cause of a tree's death. These factors weaken a tree's defenses, making it more susceptible to attack by secondary invaders like insect borers and wood-decaying fungi.

In Missouri, we need to be on the lookout for invasive tree pests, which are insects and disease that are not native to Missouri. They can do great damage to our trees, and they can easily travel in firewood. One way you can help protect our forests is by purchasing firewood where you plan to burn it.

Check out the links below for more information on keeping your trees healthy and preventing the spread of invasive pests.