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Posted on: March 23, 2021

Forest Health Alert

oak wilt

The City of Liberty Tree Board would like to inform you that Oak Wilt has been found in the area. This is a fast killing fungus that can kill a mature Oak tree in one or two seasons. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has put together some resources below that may help you spot Oak Wilt; they also have staff that can help diagnose a tree disease.  

If you have an Oak tree, specifically a Pin Oak, take proper precautions when trimming the tree branches as open wounds may allow the fungus into the tree. Do not prune Oak Trees from mid-March until July 1.

Most importantly, if you have an infected tree that is removed it is critical the wood is disposed of properly, even if it’s just the trimmings from the tree.

Forest Health Alert – Missouri Department of Conservation “Oak Wilt”

Oak Wilt – Missouri Botanical Garden – “Oak Wilt”

USFS Oak Wilt Brochure – “How to Identify, Prevent and Control Oak Wilt”

For any additional questions, please contact Tom Garland, Assistant Director- Parks at 816.439.4384 or email

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