The Slow Storm

Tree Mortality in Connecticut: Spring of 2018

In the spring and early summer of this year, it became apparent that many trees in the state, along the roadside and in our forested areas, were not leafing out. They had not survived the past winter. The area forests have suffered drought, defoliation by gypsy moth, and other pests moving on the stressed trees. The following report was prepared by UCONN associate extension professor of forestry, Tom Worthley, as a heads up to land managers and the public. The damage subtler than that of a storm, but is nonetheless extensive and concerning. It can be addressed proactively for public safety, for timber value, and for the ecological health of the state’s woodlands.