Some city trees must be removed
By Bert Lehman
The Clintonville Parks and Recreation Committee was informed that the city’s trees are in “rough shape.”
That was the message Clintonville Parks and Recreation Director Justin McAuly told the committee at its Nov. 28 meeting.
“A lot of [the trees] are developing internal cavities, which are going to be dangerous in the long run,” McAuly said.
McAuly said the city has many silver maple trees that are in bad shape.
He told the committee that he has been working on inventorying the trees that are on city property along city streets. He presented the committee with a preliminary analysis of the city’s street tree population.
There are a total of 469 trees on city property along city streets. These trees are owned by the city.
Of the 469 trees, McAuly said:
• 161 are in good condition,
• 176 are in fair condition,
• 124 are in poor condition, and
• Six are dead.
In addition, he added that:
• 171 trees have weak forks,
• 126 have overhead wires around them,
• 153 have dead wood, and
• 172 have some sort of cavity.
“Condition-wise, we’re not really sitting good with a lot of the trees,” McAuly said.
McAuly told the committee 72 trees will need to be removed because of the condition they are in, while 139 more are questionable and may have to be removed.
As trees are removed, McAuly said it allows the city to plant new trees.
“I feel it’s very important to me and I think the people in Clintonville to preserve the trees we have and realize that the sooner we get new trees in the ground the sooner we’re going to get foliage again,” said committee member Chuck Manske.