Benzie Conservation District
Preserving and Enhancing the Natural Resources of Benzie County
Landowners throughout Michigan are being reminded to prune or complete any work around any red oak trees before April 15 in order to help stop the spread of oak wilt. Oak wilt is a non-native fungus that is 100% fatal to red oaks and can be controlled if recommended practices are followed. Any planned construction or utility work that requires removal or pruning of oaks, a timber harvest, or any activity that is likely to wound oaks, should all be completed before the growing season begins. If tree work is completed now, the tree wounds will seal off before the picnic beetles are active. These sap feeding beetles are the primary vectors transmitting the fungal spores overland.