A tiny worm is attacking beech trees across Massachusetts, and arborists say they're worried the long-term impact could devastate a species that's critical to the state's forests.
The worm causes beech leaf disease, which was first identified in Ohio in 2012 and appeared in Plymouth, Massachusetts, two years ago.
"It has quickly spread throughout the state," said Nicole Keleher, director of the state's forest health program. "I believe we've detected it in over 80 communities at this point, and it's been found in every county. So it's well established throughout the state and is causing significant impact to our beech resources."
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