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Root rot takes down sick firs and their healthy-looking neighbors

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LAKE WENATCHEE — Dan Omdal delivered a grave prognosis Saturday for the trees of Lake Wenatchee State Park, and the forest itself seemed to punctuate it. Washington State Parks evacuated the 489-acre Lake Wenatchee tract on Wednesday, after finding evidence of aggressive root rot in many of its trees. Worried for park users’ safety from falling trees, officials shut the area to camping and hiking and began removing those conifers deemed ill or in danger of disease.

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