Reported in the Bandon Western News (May27, 2021):
A forest disease is slowly creeping towards Coos County.
Forest officials last month discovered new cases of the sudden oak death pathogen south of the county line in Curry County.
The disease isn’t new for the county — around a third of it is within a quarantine area, where some plant transport is prohibited and eradication is required. But forest experts are raising concerns about how far away the new cases are from previously known ones.
“That distance indicates to me that we have much larger spread,” said Sarah Navarro, a forest pathologist with the U.S. Forest Service. “It is concerning that it’s a new location so far away from any of the other sites farther south.”
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