STATE OF TEXAS - Even though it's winter season right now and a bit chilly out it doesn't mean the drought of 2011 isn't lingering.
Forest officials want the public to know that dry conditions are on going. Since last year's drought was one of the worst in decades and many areas across the state are still recovering including many trees here in the Valley. Officials predict another El Nino year which means another dose of dry weather for 2012. Urban Forester Mark Kroeze says, "We are technically not in an extreme drought condition but moderate drought condition. So right now what I would recommend doing is plant native plants or trees, water them as they need it and at the right time of the day."
According to the Texas Forest Services, five hundred million trees died in this year's drought. Officials will continue to keep a close eye on trees this year as they expect another sweltering summer.