Release Date: December 3, 2008
Office of Mayor Phil Hardberger: 207-7083
City removes Red Oak on Main Plaza
Work crews Wednesday removed a Red Oak on the east side of Main Plaza due to recent and severe cracking along its trunk and at least one major limb.
The cracking was discovered during a routine inspection of the trees in Main Plaza by the City forester. Although the tree was inspected several months ago by several tree experts, the visible cracks occurred only recently.
“I am saddened that we’ve had to pull down another tree on Main Plaza, but the safety of our citizens comes first,” said Mayor Phil Hardberger. “We will be planting new trees this month to replace the ones that have been removed.”
Staff will continue monitoring the health of the remaining trees on Main Plaza.
Bill Scanlan, chairman of the Main Plaza Conservancy, said that the loss of another tree compounds the tragedy of the prior losses earlier this year. However, “in addition to planting new trees, we are exploring ways to bring artistic shade structures into the plaza,” he said. “Meanwhile, music and other programs will continue to make Main Plaza a gathering place for the whole community.