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Patoka Lake Hosts Open House April 1
Start Date: 4/1/2019Start Time: 5:00 PM
Event Description:

Indiana Department of Natural Resources staff from the Divisions of Forestry and State Parks will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 1 at the Patoka Lake Nature Center to provide information about a forest health concern within the Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area at Patoka Lake and the management effort to address it.

The divisions have worked closely together to find out why chestnut oak trees specifically are dying on the property. This began in 2016 and has continued since then. Roughly 29 forested acres of chestnut oak trees in Dubois County are affected. Other oak species are not. 

Evaluation of the site shows a similarity to oak decline, a disease condition that involves several factors and agents, including drought, fungi and insects. Additionally, there is concern that the issue may be similar to sudden oak death, which occurs in California and Oregon, and is caused by a fungal species similar to the one affecting Patoka Lake’s trees.

A salvage and sanitation sale is planned to stop the progression of the disease and subsequent death of additional trees. The sale will also benefit oak and hickory regeneration at the site and improve wildlife habitat.

A similar disease issue, called rapid white oak mortality, occurred in Missouri. Results of tree removals for that similar situation prevented the spread of disease to residual white oak.

Any funds generated by the salvage and sanitation sale will be used in future resource management work at Patoka Lake.

All aspects of the operation will be carried out with oversight of a state forester and the property wildlife specialist after project approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Questions or comments may be emailed to

Media Contacts: Brian Finch, Patoka Lake Assistant Manager for Wildlife, 812-685-2464 or, or Phil Marshall, DNR Forest Health Specialist, 812-595-2740 or

Patoka Lake ( is at 3084 N. Dillard Road, Birdseye, IN 47513.

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Location Information:
Patoka Lake  (View Map)
3084 N. Dillard Road
Birdseye, IN 47513
Phone: (812) 685-2464
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