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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

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Oak wilt, caused by the fungus (Ceratocystis fagacearum), kills oak trees.  It has been found in 21 states, with considerable damage occurring in the Midwest. Although June is the month to start watching your oak trees for symptoms, the Christian County Master Gardeners are bringing an educational speaker to the area to educate the public on this disease, which progresses rapidly and kills some trees within one to two months of onset of symptoms. This is the deadliest of all pathogens affecting oaks in the 20 states surrounding Illinois, and infection centers have been found in the recent past throughout our area. Guy Sternberg, past president of the International Oak Society and director of Starhill Forest Arboretum ( in Petersburg, Illinois, has dealt with this problem twice at the Arboretum (the largest botanical collection of oaks in North America) and will explain how to recognize, prevent and defeat it.  If you have an oak in your neighborhood, you need to see this program.

Please join us for this educational presentation on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Christian County Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL. 62568. There is no cost to attend this program. Registration is preferred (call the U of I Extension office at 217-287-7246) but walk-ins are welcome.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.


Local Contact: Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator, Horticulture,