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Survey: Half of Las Vegas tree in poor condition or dead

March 4, 2019

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Officials say nearly half of the trees surveyed in Las Vegas are in poor condition or dead.

The Las Vegas Optic reports state forestry officials told residents this week that the city’s well-stocked Siberian Elms trees were ticking time bombs and were posing a danger to the community.

Of trees inventoried in Las Vegas, 40 percent were in fair condition, 34 percent were in poor condition and 12 percent were dead. Only 2 percent were considered excellent.

New Mexico State Forestry’s urban and community forestry program manager Jennifer Dann says more than one-tenth of Las Vegas’ trees surveyed are already dead, posing a threat of falling on people, pets, vehicles or structures.

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Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com