Our Park to be Dramatically Changed

Eight large ash trees have been marked for cutting in Glen Armil Park. The week of March 4th saw eight large trees marked with a large X on their trunks and one tree was felled also last week. The rest of the trees will probably be cut down on Monday or Tuesday, the 12th or 13th. By the time you read this the trees will likely will be gone, leaving large open areas where the trees once stood.

The five large trees in this photo taken on Sunday, March 11, are coming down.

The trees had been doomed for two seasons since the city had announced in 2016 that a large number of ash trees on city land had been infested with the larvae of the Emerald Ash Borer . There is no economical way of saving an ash tree that is infested. One specimen ash tree may be treated with costly chemicals in order to preserve it in Vander Veer Arboretum. All other ash trees on city land will probably be cut down and the infected wood properly disposed of. Replacement trees will likely be planted at a later date.

Looking southeast from Rusholme Street at the area where large ash trees will be removed. The tree between the sidewalk and street will remain.

Looking east from Lillie St. Other trees on the south end of the park not pictured were also marked with an X.

About jwelch

Past president, and at-large board member of Glen Armil Neighborhood Association. Recently he served on Davenport Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the SAU Neighborhood Relations Council. Has held many volunteer positions at his church and has been involved as a Library board member in Wisconsin, President of Reedsburg, Wisconsin Little League. Years ago he traveled to Florida for relief work after Hurricane Andrew and also to Grand Forks, ND after flooding on the Red River devastated the community. Jim has been married to his wife Donna since 1971, has two sons and 5 grandchildren. He has lived in Glen Armil neighborhood since 1983. He has been a school teacher and a painting contractor, but now retired.
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