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Broadwell Park trees assessed

Arborists assess Broadwell Park oak trees

Four certified independent arborists along with City Arborist Mark Law recently confirmed that two Post oaks in Broadwell Park are failing and need to be removed. City officials have been closely monitoring the trees’ health since November 2014 when the first Resistograph®, an evaluation method used to measure tree density and decay, was completed.

The latest report, completed by the director of plant health care with Boutte Tree, Inc., indicates the “overall risk rating is high” and recommends removal due to the amount of wood decay and condition of the tree canopy. Arborists completed a visual inspection of one oak due to its condition, while the second split-oak received exhaustive testing to confirm its overall health and condition.

The trees are scheduled for removal by Acorn Tree Care on Sept. 26, 2016. During this time, park facilities will temporarily close to help ensure safe removal.

Committed to retaining the look and feel of the community, the City of Milton included an elm tree planting as part of the 2014 Broadwell pavilion renovations. In addition, the city will replant a tree following removal—officials hope to use another oak depending on expert site evaluation.

In addition, Urban Timber Rescue will evaluate the oaks to help the city determine whether some or all of the trees can be repurposed for use in and around the Milton community.

Read Boutte’s full report dated Sept. 1, 2016.