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Drought threatening Atlanta's older trees

Georgia, USA
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Arborist Kevin Carnes of Arborguard Tree Specialists uses a mallet to determine whether internal decay is present in a white oak in Olmsted Park. The drought has been particularly hard on trees already stressed by summer heat and Atlanta's urban environment.

The grand old trees of Atlanta may become just a memory if rainfall does not quench the ongoing drought soon, experts said. "There is a public perception a lot of times that those are just untouchable, so nothing can hurt them. Physiologically, it's actually the opposite. The big old trees are much easier to stress out and damage than the young trees." Experts are also concerned that the older trees could be significantly damaged by a frigid winter and even by heavy spring rains next year.

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