Tree health highlights AgriLife Extension program in Nolan County

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a tree health program from 6-8 p.m. July 17, in the meeting room on the third floor of the Nolan County Courthouse in Sweetwater. Zach Wilcox, AgriLife Extension agent in Nolan County, said the program’s main objective will be to determine what, if anything, can be done with the many landscape trees affected by last year’s record heat and drought. “I’ve looked at a number of trees this spring at the request of concerned property owners,” Wilcox said. “Many trees here in town are completely dead. There are also those that have dead limbs or that have suffered some top-kill.“By conducting this program, we will try to shine some light on the reason for the tree die-off, explore ways to salvage those trees that are not completely dead and look at strategies to protect landscape trees in the future.”Wilcox said Jim Houser, Texas Forest Service’s regional forest health coordinator at Austin, will present the program and be available to answer questions.Individual registration is $10 payable at the door. For more information contact Wilcox at 325-236-6912,