Morgan, Rhea counties have tree killing disease - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Morgan, Rhea counties have tree killing disease

Posted: Updated:
Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture says a walnut tree killing disease has been found in Morgan and Rhea counties.
    
The counties are now under quarantine due to Thousand Cankers Disease, which is transmitted by walnut twig beetles. Residents are not allowed to move walnut tree products and hardwood firewood outside the quarantined counties.
    
Thousand Cankers Disease can kill a tree within two to three years after initial symptoms are detected.
    
The Division of Forestry estimates 1.38 million black walnut trees in Tennessee's urban areas are potentially at risk from the disease. The risk represents an estimated value loss of $1.37 billion.
    
Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Hamilton and Meigs counties are now considered buffer regulated counties. Products from buffer counties can be moved into a quarantine county but not taken back out.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.