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Woodlawn pines killed by needle disease

Written by  Jennifer Osborn Friday, June 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm
Four white pines at the entrance to Woodlawn Museum are diseased and must be removed this summer. Four white pines at the entrance to Woodlawn Museum are diseased and must be removed this summer. PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

ELLSWORTH — Four majestic white pine trees that grace the parking lot entrance at Woodlawn Museum have died and must be removed, according to Maine Forest Service officials.

The white pines have contracted a severe case of needle cast disease, which stems from fungus that develops during rainy springs and summers.

The needle cast disease has been affecting white pines in New England for the past seven years, according to forest pathologist Bill Ostrofsky.

“We’re heartbroken,” said Woodlawn Executive Director Joshua Torrance. “Obviously we don’t want to have to remove them at all.”

However, the trees must be removed.

Ostrofsky has said the trees pose a danger to Woodlawn and its visitors.

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Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

News reporter Jennifer Osborn covers the island of Deer Isle-Stonington and the towns of Surry, Blue Hill, Sedgwick and Brooklin. She also writes the Gone Shopping column.

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