City Removes Tree in City Park

Posted on 01/29/2021
hollow in treeOn Wednesday, January 27 and Thursday, January 28, the City of Casper Parks Department removed four dying cottonwoods in City Park.  The trees will be replaced in the spring as part of the City’s Arbor Day celebration.

“A typical plains cottonwood lives 70 years, but in ideal conditions can live 120 years; we estimate that these four trees were somewhere around 100 years old,” stated City Forester Katy Hallock.    Due to age and signs of declining health, the division was monitoring the trees.  This past summer, during a strong wind storm, several large branches showing open cavities dropped.  Cavities in branches and trunks are a sign of internal decay and indicate that a tree is dying.  “It’s always sad when an older, mature tree reaches the end of its life but for the safety of the public it’s necessary to get these trees removed as quickly as possible before they become a safety hazard,” continued Hallock.  

Most tree removals take place in the winter as replacement can take place quickly in the spring.  Hallock reminds residents that they should monitor their older trees for signs of declining health.  Signs may include: curling and discolored leaves, branch die back, peeling or damaged bark, hollows in the trunk or branches, and insect presence.  “We realize that not everyone can identify these issues, so the City of Casper offers free yard calls to its residents; we are always willing to provide guidance prior to you paying for or doing work yourself,” continued Hallock.

Yard calls can be requested on the City website here or by calling the Parks Division at (307)235-8283.