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Experts: Storms May Have Fatally Damaged White Pines Along Shore

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GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) _ Tree experts say scores of white pines along Connecticut’s shoreline could be dead by the end of the year because of damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy last October.

Experts told the Connecticut Post  that salt water spray from the storms damaged thousands of white pines along the shore and even miles inland from Greenwich to Stonington. Many trees’ needles have turned to a coppery brown.

Sharon Douglas is head of the plant disease office at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. She says salt-solutions spread on roads during storms also are damaging white pine roots. White pines don’t tolerate salt that well.

Experts say while many white pines will recover, many will not because of other problems including fungal infections in recent years.
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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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