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Beech leaf disease reported for first time in Vermont

A disease that harms beech trees, caused by an invasive worm, has been confirmed for the first time in Vermont, officials said.

Beech leaf disease — which has been reported in 14 states and in Ontario, Canada — was found in Vernon, in the southeastern part of Vermont. In early October, samples from Vernon were sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture lab confirmed the disease, the state Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation announced.

Vermont forest health specialists are seeking the public’s help in finding more areas hit by beech leaf disease.

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