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Researchers complete first comprehensive threat assessment of all US trees

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Officials of the Morton Arboretum report, "For the first time, researchers have completed threat assessments for all 881 native tree species in the contiguous United States, resulting in a comprehensive checklist and synthesis that will serve as a critical baseline to guide future tree conservation efforts.

"The new assessment of U.S. trees reveals that 11-16% of in the contiguous 48 U.S. states are threatened with extinction, with the most common threat being invasive and problematic pests and diseases."

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