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How true is the Fox News story about dying trees in Lane County?

Q: Drought was stated as what caused the trees' death, only dying pine trees were pictured. No mention of the boring insects that kill pine trees, was that omission intentional? No pictures of dying deciduous trees either. I have seen dead pine trees in peoples' yards where their lawn is nice and green - they water the lawn and trees - yet the tree is dead. Is drought or boring insects the reason for so many dead pine trees in Lane County? 

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Thinning: an important forest management tool

Thinning is the term foresters apply to removal of some trees from a stand to give others more room (and resources) to grow. It is a tool for improving timber value, making sites more productive, and — perhaps most commonly — for keeping trees healthy. Learn when to thin and how much to cut, and learn why the answer may be "it depends."

John Punches | Sep 2004 | Article