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Texas A&M Forest Service survey shows 301 million trees killed by drought

A Texas A&M Forest Service survey of hundreds of forested plots scattered across the state shows 301 million trees were killed as a result of the devastating 2011 drought. The number was determined by a study of both on-the-ground tree health assessments collected during a three-month period earlier this year and satellite imagery from before and after the drought. For more details from the study, see the Sept. 27 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.