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Oak Disease Spreads Close to County Line

October 17, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Sudden oak death, a disease that has ravaged California's signature oak trees in coastal areas as far north as Oregon, has turned up just 10 miles north of the San Luis Obispo County line.

It is just a matter of time before it arrives in the county.

Up to 25,000 acres of oak woodland in the county are considered susceptible, and experts said it already could be in San Luis Obispo in latent form.

Tanoak trees and nearby bay laurel bushes near Plaskett Creek in Monterey County were found to be infected last month.

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