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Indiana trees are still stressed by 2012 drought

INDIANAPOLIS – A year after Indiana was in the grips of a sweltering drought, many of the state’s trees are still in poor shape and some could take years to recover.

Last summer’s record drought and 100-degree days killed some trees and left others weakened.

Plant pathologist Phil Marshall with the state Department of Natural Resources tells WIBC-FM ( ) that insects and fungi can sense that weakness in trees and attack them.

He estimated that half of Indiana’s tulip poplar trees were damaged by the drought. Four of the five tulip trees on the Indiana Statehouse lawn have been deemed beyond saving, and are being cut down a little at a time.

Marshall says the drought’s full effect on Indiana’s trees won’t be clear for as much as another six years.