POSTED: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 9:45am
UPDATED: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 2:51pm
Lufkin, TX — Last year’s unrelenting and historic drought was responsible for killing an estimated 5.6 million trees in communities across the state, a recent Texas Forest Service study found.
Forest service officials said that number could represent as much as 10 percent of the total trees that make up the urban forest — trees that line city streets, shade homes and give residents a quiet place to relax at local parks.
The finding comes from a study conducted by Texas Forest Service urban foresters, who spent the last month surveying tree mortality in cities and towns across the state.
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