Once upon a time, among the iconic scenes of the West were mountains covered with green, fragrant pine trees. Nowadays, you’re more likely to see entire forests of brown. That’s because since 1997 more than 41.7 million acres have suffered partial or total death of conifer trees.
A virus has been ravaging roses around the Kansas City area, according to a recent news report. The disease, rose rosette, has been around for decades but has become more of a problem lately, agriculture officials in Johnson and Jackson recently told the Kansas City Star.
If you spent some time outside in the Brookside or Waldo area of town this weekend, chances are you saw people planting trees. They are trying to replace thousands of trees that are disappearing from our neighborhoods.