Oak wilt.

Asked June 5, 2019, 4:49 PM EDT

I own a small scale sawmill in lower Michigan, I saw all types of hardwood trees. Is it a problem for me to bring oak trees back to my place and saw them?

Eaton County Michigan

1 Response

This article from MDARD has some information about oak wilt and its transmission to healthy trees. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDNR/bulletins/19443cf
Logs that came from trees infected with oak wilt could possibly serve as a source of spores to infect healthy oaks ( if the logs were visited by picnic beetles). The logs could be covered with plastic all the way to the ground to prevent access by picnic beetles.