Forestry experts discussing trees dying from flood

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — People along the Missouri River for the past month have been focused on protecting their homes and businesses, but forestry experts are already taking about how to deal with the thousands of dead and dying trees all along the waterway.

Burleigh County NDSU Extension Agent ElRoy Haadem tells the Bismarck Tribune that the tree-kill problem is going to be gigantic.

The flood is during the trees' growing season, when they need oxygen to keep producing leaves.

Haadem says some trees can stand a degree of flooding, but weeks of waterlogged roots cut off their oxygen.

Haadem and Bismarck City Forester Jackson Bird are planning to meet with forestry, government and natural resources groups in July to start working on a plan to deal with the aftermath.