Calling it the first line of defense against the spread of the invasive deadly oak wilt disease, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials have established a protective zone in Canandaigua as well as other counties downstate.
DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino said the protective zones are established around areas where the disease has been detected so all of these areas have been confirmed with an infected tree or trees.
DEC officials earlier this year announced the zone would be established in an area around Ketchum Road.
The removal of any living, dead, standing, cut or fallen oak trees from a protective zone is prohibited. This includes branches, logs, stumps, roots, green oak lumber and firewood of any species, unless it has been chipped to less than 1 inch in two dimensions.