Tree value

CSU Extension Office to host disease and insect workshop

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A 20-year-old tree is estimated to be worth about $5,000. Healthy trees improve property values.

But, having healthy trees adorn your property requires hard work, officials from the Colorado State University Extension Office contend.

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It's information such as this that Extension Office officials hope to relay Wednesday to the public. The extension office is scheduled to host a workshop, presented by Bill Ekstrom, at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the CSU Extension Office, 539 Barclay St.

"Education is important," said Elisa Shackelton, director of CSU's Moffat County Cooperative Extension Office. "If you care about the value of trees on your property, you must be willing to learn."

Years of drought have increased tree disease in Northwest Colorado, and people are generally unaware of long-term damages, she said.

By instilling rules and regulations in preventing tree diseases, homeowners can become master gardeners.

Ekstrom, Colorado State University Rio Blanco Extension director, has been serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties for 20 years on agriculture and horticulture.

His interactive workshop encourages participants to talk and share their personal experiences concerning tree disease.

The Wednesday workshop will consist of a 45-minute presentation, question-and-answer session and a yard visit.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring contaminated samples of tree diseases contained in plastic bags to expand discussion.

Craig resident Deborah Behranger is a local property owner who can attest to Ekstrom's expertise in disease prevention.

With Ekstrom's help, Behranger was able to identify her infected tree and prevent further contamination.

Behranger, who plans to attend the workshop, credits Ekstrom's knowledge in landscaping and gardening as the reason for her flourishing lawn and trees.

"Trees can make or break a house," Behranger said, "and the workshop taught me how to make my bare ground flourish with only seeds."

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