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Tree in county forest may help fight disease

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Foresters looking for butternut trees resistant to a disease known as butternut canker need look no farther than Pierce County's stewardship demonstration forest on Ellsworth's northwest side.

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A crew from the state's USDA Forest Service took a sample from an apparently healthy tree there Tuesday. County Forester Gary Zielske had specially marked for their purposes the straight and tall specimen, which he estimated stands over 90 feet high.

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