Will red oak wilt keep speading after the tree is cut down?

Asked February 13, 2020, 4:13 PM EST

I own about 180 acres of woods that are predominantly red oak trees and are getting very old. I'm finding a lot of them are dying of this oak wilt and I'm wondering if it will stop from spreading to others if I cut down the tree and remove the wood from the area.
The Property is in Mille Lacs county, MN in the Johnsdale Town Ship area

Mille Lacs County Minnesota

1 Response

Red oaks are the most susceptible of all oaks to the wilt. It is spread two ways, by roots grafting to another tree and insects. If you are going to remove infected trees, this is the time to do so before early April when insects are present. With 180 acres trying to cut the connections on all the trees may be an impossible task. You will have to make some tough decisions. Here are a couple links. One is a comprehensive article about the disease. Click on the drop down links. The second one is how to contact a Certified Arborist. Go to the site; click on Find An Arborist. Once your location is entered, a list of certified arborists in your area will appear. Have one come out and help you evaluate your situation. https://extension.umn.edu/plant-diseases/oak-wilt-minnesota http://www.treesaregood.org/