Texas drought leads to shade tree die-off

Reuters: Some 5.6 million urban shade trees were killed by the record drought that baked Texas last year, the Texas Forest Service reported on Wednesday. Last year was the driest year on record in the state and the second-hottest, according to the National Weather Service. The shade tree die-off represents some 10 percent of the state's urban forest, and is in addition to as many as a half-billion rural, park and forest trees that the forest service reported in December were killed in the drought. ......

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