An infestation that is affecting forests in Arkansas has Missouri officials concerned. The Missouri Department of Conservation says some older oaks in this state are growing in areas of thin soil – areas that have been hit hard by drought – areas it calls oak decline sites. More than 300,000 acres of red oaks in declining sites in Arkansas have been severely damaged by red oak rorers and it is feared the same could happen in Missouri. Aerial surveys are being conducted to assess any possible damage.
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