NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Agriculture advised forest landowners to monitor their sassafras trees after it detected new cases of laurel wilt disease in Robertson and Hamblen counties, and earlier this year, the disease was detected in trees in Montgomery, Cheatham, Dickson and Williamson counties.

“These new detections of this invasive disease show a significant geographic jump across the state,” said state forester David Arnold. “This is yet another unfortunate example of an invasive pest impacting our forests. Landowners should take caution to prevent the spread of this disease if detected on their property.”

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