Eight trees removed at Carnegie Park
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Arborists with the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, the City of Livermore and Pleasanton-based HORT Science Inc. have agreed that some trees at Carnegie Park are in need of removal. Eight silver maple (Acer saccharinum) trees are in decline, showing significant signs of distress and imminent failure due to urban environmental pressures that have reduced the trees’ life span. Limbs have begun to break and fall off the trees, posing a safety hazard.
These eight trees are located along the Third Street side of the park. The removal is scheduled to take place over two weekends. The stumps will be ground down and the surface smoothed and covered with decomposed granite. LARPD has obtained a permit from the City for the tree removal.
Along with the overmature silver maples, which are not native to California, other trees in Carnegie park will require pruning and additional removals over the next few years. Cedar trees, which are scattered throughout the park, and carob trees, which are located along J and K Streets, need to be thinned and pruned for aesthetic and safety purposes.
Removal of five of the silver maple trees took place on Sept. 5 and 6. The remaining three were removed the weekend of Sept. 12 and 13. Notices were posted on the trees several weeks prior to removal. The District planted new trees in spring 2009.
“The removal option is not one that we favor, but due to the safety issues for the public and especially those at the Farmers’ Market, the removal is necessary,” said Jim Brandenburg, LARPD Senior Park Supervisor.