Today, I turned rather randomly off the state highway with all the traffic, onto a local and quiet road, where I could pull over and document the condition of the trees. This road is on the east side of Route 206, an obscure old subdivision of rather ordinary, middle-class ranch houses.
Here is my favorite, iconic image. If you sincerely want to see the truth, CLICK on the photo! It is undeniable.
Whatever is preying on trees is not limited to damage on older specimens. This recently planted pine is in horrible shape. And it leads me to speculate, that it can't be cumulative ozone over decades that is to blame for the recent rapid decline of trees. There has to be a new agent active in the mix!
WHY are these trees dying? Scroll down to the last two most recent posts for a plausible explanation.