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The city of Tallahassee and the Florida Department of Transportation will be removing five massive live oak trees from the downtown Chain of Parks this weekend after a lengthy assessment found that they pose a risk to traffic and pedestrians.

2020年欧冠赛程表Work is scheduled to begin Saturday, when traffic lanes and sidewalks near the intersection of Monroe Street and Park Avenue will be closed.

The city, citing the upcoming Springtime Tallahassee parade and other large downtown events, said that now is the proper time to remove the trees.

2020年欧冠赛程表“Now is the appropriate time to remove the trees that are at the end of their lives,” said Ashley Edwards, director of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department, in a news release. “We are extremely grateful for the professional, thorough efforts of our arborists and community tree advocates who collaborated closely on this issue helping to ensure public safety. We are entrusted with being stewards of our natural resources, and we take that responsibility seriously.”

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Stan Rosenthal, who was the county forester until he retired in 2016, said the trees face health issues due to rooting space, soil compaction and damage from both lightning and nearby construction.

2020年欧冠赛程表“These impacts have taken a toll both structurally and health wise,” said Rosenthal, a UF/IFAS Extension forestry agent emeritus. “Trees live a tough life in the elements. It’s sad when they reach their end, but as trees are removed and replaced, the important thing is that we keep the renewal process going while providing the best care we can.”

The removal has the support of long-time arbor advocates in the community. A working group was convened to both survey the trees and determine their viability into the future. The oaks were found to have internal decay and structural damage.

2020年欧冠赛程表“The removal of the park trees is not a short-sighted act, said Ann Bidlingmaier in a statement. “It’s being done after looking at all the available options. A large group was convened that reviewed and discussed the options. The trees pose a hazard, and replanting will be a key part of this process. We’ll have a better-looking area after this work.”

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2020年欧冠赛程表During the last 20 years more than 45 trees have been planted in the Chain of Parks in anticipation that some older ones would eventually have to go and to diversify the species in the area.

Contact Karl Etters at ketters@m3dancehouse.com or @KarlEtters on Twitter.

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