COLUMBIA — On one tree trunk, water bottle-sized patches of gray-blue fungus occupied the space where bark was supposed to be. A few feet away, another trunk was being attacked by a bleeding canker, a disease that looked like a burn mark. And on a third tree at the Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center just east of Ashland, the leaves at the crown of the tree weren't quite dead, but their brown freckles showed they weren't completely healthy either.
White oak decline mysterious to foresters
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