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Photo: Three trees removed from Farrell Park

Three trees were removed by National Grid contractors today from Farrell Park as part of a project by the city this winter to take out 31 problem trees.

Two of the trees were diseased and the falling branches presented a hazard for children playing in the park. Another tree was a black walnut and the walnuts on the ground were a hazard for children, but also some youths were throwing them against the bathroom building and pavilion causing damage and trying to flush them down the toilets, causing damage.

The city intends to plant new trees, perhaps cherry or some other springtime flowering tree.

Mark Potwora
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Another tree was a black walnut and the walnuts on the ground were a hazard for children...Does seems like a good reason to cut down a perfectly fine tree..Their are black walnut trees in other city parks does that mean the city will be chopping them down also..

Doug Yeomans
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That's some nice firewood right there! The city could've sold the green wood and probably paid for the cost of removal.

Kyle Couchman
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Hmmm how old do you think that Black Walnut was..... Is the city aware that Black Walnut trees have very significant value and are a rarity in this state. (at least a rarity in harvestable areas) Check this out...

Black walnut trees are in high demand. The more mature they are, the more they are worth. A mature black walnut tree can yield $5000.00 or more. Each year on the tree more value is added. You could have a forester or timber cutter come and give you an approximate value of any existing trees.You can find more information here: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/prairie/msg1112144517231.html

Mark Potwora
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Wonder who got the wood....

Greg Rada
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There's a nasty diseased tree on North Lyon in the wires that seriously needs removal. Has been for 4 years in fact... But yet a beautiful, harmless Walnut tree gets cut...

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