Tree Removal

 

Why are Trees Being Removed? 

Decades ago, all the trees on Legion Way were topped.  Topping is the haphazard removal of tree branches, often resulting in large stubs and wounds.  Topping removes too much of a tree’s canopy, and is very damaging to a tree’s structure and long-term health.

 

Are All the Trees on Legion Way Going to be Removed?

No.  This year only 5 trees are being removed.  Over time less than 20% are slated for removal because they are in such poor condition, and no longer safe.  The remaining 100 trees will be pruned and incorporated into a long-term management plan.

Which Tree are Being Removed this Year?

  • Tree 34: This tree has sections of the branches and trunk that have too much inner decay, which leaves them weak and susceptible to falling onto the street, sidewalk, cars, and pedestrians.  The leaves are dying back, and there are visible conks (mushrooms) on some of the larger branches.    

  • Tree 38: This tree has sections of the branches and trunk that have too much inner decay, which leaves them weak and susceptible to falling onto the street, sidewalk, cars, and pedestrians.  This tree has a crack in the trunk, a large cavity with decay, dead limbs.  This tree has also had a prior failure, which means the remaining branches are more susceptible to failing as well.

  • Tree 42: This tree has sections of the branches and trunk that have too much inner decay, which leaves them weak and susceptible to falling onto the street, sidewalk, cars, and pedestrians.  30% of the canopy is dead.  This tree has also had two prior failures, which means the remaining branches and trunk are more susceptible to failing as well.
  • Tree 69: This tree has sections of the branches and trunk that have too much inner decay, which leaves them weak and susceptible to falling onto the street, sidewalk, cars, and pedestrians.  This decay is visible at the center of the trunk where the largest branches originate.  This tree has a large decay cavity visible, which is a very weak spot on the tree, and leaves it more susceptible to failing. 
  • Tree 99: This tree has sections of the branches and trunk that have too much inner decay, which leaves them weak and susceptible to falling onto the street, sidewalk, cars, and pedestrians.  This tree has a large crack on the south side of the trunk.  The branches are connected very poorly to the main trunk, and there is a visible cavity/opening from decay where the branches do connect. 

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