Beware Of Falling Trees-- City Removing 26 Trees From Riverfront - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Beware Of Falling Trees-- City Removing 26 Trees From Riverfront Park

SPOKANE, Wash. – There are more than 1,000 trees in the crown jewel of Spokane's park system, and some of them are facing a midlife crisis—three decades after many were planted around Expo '74, some of the trees in Riverfront Park are being removed in an effort to improve the overall health of the trees and the canopies that shade users of the park.

"Some of these trees will last for decades," said Angel Spell, Urban Forester with the City of Spokane. "We need to have a plan that will allow trees to grow here for the next 100 years."

Part of the City's plan involves removing 26 trees over the next few days. Spell said crews will prune others in an effort to, "restore the park trees to a sustainable density and age diversity."

Spell said Riverfront Park was intentionally over planted after Expo in an effort to rehabilitate the grounds from the wear and tear caused by visitors. Today, some of the trees are in the middle of their life spans and are crowding each other in parts of the park.

All of the trees being removed are already either dead, dying, diseased or structurally defective, according to Spell.

The pruning and tree removal is expected to continue through the first part of next week.

Crews are circling the areas of focus with orange cones and staff members to help refer traffic around the area for safety reasons. No closures are expected in the park, but park-goers are asked to be aware of their surroundings and not wander into tree removal areas where branches are being cut.

Tree limbs and branches from the 26 trees being removed will be chipped into mulch for use in Riverfront Park. Larger branches and bark suitable for burning will be donated to S.N.A.P. or other local charities.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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