Considering I work every day and run my own business, I can't be as responsive as you may desire....and sometimes I sleep too. As I say, if you all came here you would agree. And if pictures would ever load you could see it too. My concern is worthy of noting, the fire potential is very great with the current condition.Woody, you are not being responsive, as usual. You claimed DNR was looking into it. I asked WHO at DNR.
What ou describe sound like white pine blister rust. It affects young trees most because it first attacks needle bearing wood.
Most likely what you are seeing is not something wrong with soil, as that would manifest in most all plants, not just a couple of species.
Try to stay calm. Remember that your water sample was found to have been taken under unacceptable conditions likely to have been contaminated,
and you have refused to re-test. Reproducibility is the hallmark of a scientific inquiry, and if you aren't willing to show repeatability, you aren't doing science.