Sitka spruce disease leaves foresters wary
FORESTRY owners have been put on high alert after the world's first case of Sudden Oak Death in Sitka spruce was confirmed in Ireland by the Department of Agriculture on Friday.
Sitka spruce accounts for 52pc of the standing forest in Ireland and up to 90pc of the sawmill intake in this country.
The infected young tree was approximately two metres in height and was growing in close proximity and underneath the canopy of a large infected rhododendron bush.
Officials have not disclosed the location of the infected Sitka spruce.