ATTLEBORO — If you’ve noticed that oak trees are dying, here’s why.

Derek Corsi, superintendent of the city’s parks and forestry departments, said a number of environmental factors have caused a “major oak tree die-off,” which is affecting the entire southern New England region.

He said the trees were “severely weakened” by consecutive years of gypsy moth infestations as well as the drought in the 2017.

As a result they became susceptible to the “two-lined chestnut borer” that nests in the trees and eventually kills them.

“This is the ultimate cause of death in most of these trees, but the combination of gypsy moth infestations and drought are the original occurrence that started their downfall, “ Corsi said in an emailed statement to The Sun Chronicle.

One area where the death of oak trees is especially noticeable is on West Street between its intersection with Tiffany Street and the city’s West Street pumping station.

George W. Rhodes can be reached at 508-236-0432.

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