I shook the paint can and sprayed a couple of big orange dots on the last cedar tree and sighed.
That made 27 of them, dead or dying, just in this one part of the 75 acres.
Our tree guy, Steve Costa, and I toured the area yesterday and surveyed all the dead trees. The orange dots were so his crew would know which to cut down.
Steve explained that the drought had weakened the trees, which had then been invaded and killed by the Cyprus bark beetle.
All across the state, an unprecedented number of conifers have been killed by the drought or bark beetles. One estimate puts the number of dead trees at 58 million.