Eastern Red Cedars are an expensive problem for Oklahoma ranchers and landowners. The invasive cedar trees populate quickly and can grow two feet in height every year, one large tree can consume up to 30 gallons of water a day. Many property owners in Oklahoma are challenged by the trees. State agricultural leaders say red cedars steal the state’s water supply, overtake pasturelands, cause allergy problems and fuel wildfires carried by Oklahoma winds. “We think this is a very important subject and want to gather residents from Payne County for this meeting,” says Eric Smith, Payne County Democrats Chair.
Professor Craig McKinley of the Oklahoma State University will be the guest speaker and answer questions at Payne County Democrats, Thursday, August 11th from 7-8 pm, 302 N. Main Street. McKinley will be speaking about utilization to minimize the Eastern Red Cedar from property. Issues will include cost-share programs, methods of control and how red cedar can be used for economic benefits. He currently holds the position of Professor and Extension Forestry Specialist at OSU, where he is involved in both adult and youth educational programs.
According to McKinley of the Oklahoma State University natural resource ecology management department, eastern red cedars populate around 8 million acres in Oklahoma and are spread by birds.