Drought erasing evergreens from palette of Great Plains
Scotch, Austrian and white pines are being removed this week from Elmwood Park by city crews. A beetle infestation is killing Scotch pines, like this one, while drought and other problems have accelerated the decline of Austrian and white pines.
Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:00 am
Evergreens, with their splash of green in drab Nebraska winters, have become the first to die as historic drought and its shadow, climate change, redefine the trees that can survive the Great Plains' extreme weather.
Nearly 700 pines in Lincoln's iconic Pioneers Park have died since July. Other parks across the state are losing trees, too. In neighborhoods, the deaths are more isolated, as first one tree, than another dies.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:00 am.