Learn the signs and symptoms of oak wilt

Join Cascade Parks and Kent Conservation District for a presentation by James Ratzaff, Urban Forest Arborist, Parshall Tree Care Specialists will lead a short presentation and hike to oak wilt sites at Burton Park over somewhat hilly trails.

Oak wilt is a deadly oak tree disease and can kill a red oak within weeks of infection. It is becoming a growing problem for both private and public land managers as well as homeowners. Oak Wilt is difficult to manage and often works like an underfoot wildfire. Early identification and management are important for the survival of oak trees and the protection of users of the forest.

The program will begin with an overview of oak wilt, including how it spreads and how you can best prevent the pathogen from affecting the oaks on your property. The prevention and various management strategies of oak wilt will be shared both for 1st as well as multiyear sites. Then there will be a tour and walking conversation of the sites at the park where oak wilt was treated.

Dress for the weather. This program is for the general public as well as practitioners. There is no cost. A light snack will be provided.
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/invasive-oak-wilt-program-tickets-611322781897?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Location and Time:
Meet at the back of Burton Park (past the do not enter sign), which is located at 6805 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
Wednesday, May 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at Burton Park
Questions: call the KCD strike team at 616-222-5801 or email cascadeparks@cascadetwp.com
MAEAP Phase 1 Credit available, meant for those pursuing FWH verification