Oak Wilt . . . Murdered Pecan trees . . . What to do . . .

Oak Wilt . . . Murdered Pecan trees . . . What to do . . .

There is a little movie making the rounds that covers the recent loss of the pecan trees on Barton Springs Road. While it is entertaining, it goes a bit overboard personalizing the trees and accusing the developers of murder. The real thing that we should be rallying around is not this movie but the slow death by disease that is starting to affect the oaks in Zilker.

The Zilker Yahoo! Group has been abuzz with emails about oak wilt that seems to be creeping from the Barton Hills neighborhood into the Zilker neighborhood. Hopefully those in the affected area (shown above - Rabb, Wilke, Fortune, Arthur, Airole, Westridge area) are doing something about it, but I do believe that all of us need to be made aware of the issue and take appropriate action to keep this from spreading too much.

Chris Dolan of the city's Oak Wilt Program can be contacted at 974-1881. There are also preventative measures you can take. You can inject the trees with fungicide BEFORE they get infected, but Mr. Dolan is the person to contact. These oak trees are much more important to the neighborhood. Thanks to Suvi Aika for providing the image above to the Zilker list.