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The Potential (High) Cost Of Sudden Oak Death

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Sudden Oak Death infection on a Douglas fir.

Left unchecked, Sudden Oak Death syndrome could run rampant in Oregon coastal counties, costing something like $50 Million a year in lost wages in the timber industry. 

That is just one of the findings in a recently published report assessing the economic impacts of SOD.  Another finding: spending some money now to stop SOD could result in not spending a much greater amount of money later. 

Sarah Navarro is a forest pathologist for the Oregon Department of Forestry, ODF.  She visits with insights into the disease and the damage it causes to oaks and other plants. 

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