Some Minn. trees are suffering from drought

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota trees are suffering from drought.

Eight of the last 11 summer and fall seasons have been very dry in northern Minnesota.

According to the state Department of Natural Resources, pines and other conifers in that area are dying in slightly larger numbers than usual.

DNR forest health specialist Jana Albers tells Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/14DNb18 ) people may notice trees changing colors.

But she says the good news is that this year’s spring and early summer weather has been good for tree growth.

She says the growing season has lengthened in northern Minnesota but rain totals haven’t kept up.

She says there are also more intense bouts of rain, instead of days of soaking rains.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

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