Lasy year and agin in 2014, John Pgacnik, biologist with the Lake Metroparks in Lake County (northeast Ohio) has found American beech specimens of all sizes, exhibiting foliar symptoms of dark venation and browning leaf margins. In less than a year, the tree is dead. Since leaf-out this year in 2014, beech trees in mature stands in Lake County, Geauga County, Ashtabula County and Cuyahoga county have been discovered. The Ohio State University extension has taken samples and are working on possible answers.
Have any of you in the New York forest community observed anything similar?
Here is a link to a blogspot that gives details on this find:
If any of you think you might have seen this or know of any diganostics work taking place on American beech with these symptoms, please contact me:firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio SAF Certified Forester
Senior Natural Resource Manager-retired