Good link Gypsy thanks!
I remember when I was a kid and all the chestnuts died. It was almost scary! We called the University and they said it was happening everywhere - nothing they could do. A whole species died! Very sad ... very weird christmas with no chestnuts to roast or put in the stuffing!
Then the gypsy moths but you could fight them with fire.
The chesnuts are starting to come back but now it's the oaks and pines that are dying. I even noticed it when we were driving in Vermont and Maine. Large areas of naked trees in the early summer - a very disturbing sight!
I remember a poem from 2nd grade ...
I think of it evertime I really get to look at a tree:
I think that I shall never see
a poem as lonely as a tree
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast,
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray,
1.tree that may in Summer wear
2.nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.