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Longmont About to Resume Annual Tree Pruning, Removal Program

December 24, 2018
This tree on Fifth Avenue adjacent to Thompson Park will removed as part of the city's annual pruning and removal program that will begin in January.

The Longmont Forestry Service Division’s annual program of pruning and removing city-owned trees in selected parks, stretches of greenways and street rights-of-way will begin in January and is expected to be completed by May 1.

The pruning of some trees and removals of others takes place each year while the trees are dormant in order to manage the health and safety of Longmont’s urban forest, according to City Forester Ken Wicklund.

Contractors for the city will be pruning on an as-needed basis, mostly on trees in central Longmont’s “Old Town” area. Trees are removed after theyhave been identified as dead, decayed, hazardous or structurally unsound.

Contractors also will be removing some ash trees as part of the Forestry Division’s emerald ash borer plan that addresses the spread of destruction by that wood-boring disease — although the plan also provides for the treatment and re-treatment of some ash trees that might be salvageable.

During the January to May work, five trees are to be removed and 53 trees are to be pruned in Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave.Trees in the rights-of-way of Old Town neighborhoods also are to be pruned, Wicklund said.

“People get really emotionally attached to trees” in front of their homes and in their neighborhoods, but residents might not be aware some of those trees are on city property and need to be dealt with when they’re diseased or dying, he said.

Longmont requires contractors to use door hangers to notify residents about trees that appear to be in front yards but are actually in the city right-of-way and are thus owned and maintained by the city.

The winter months are a good time to prune trees because that’s a time “you can see the structure of the tree better,” Wicklund said.

It also is a typically slow time for private arborists and therefore it costs the city less to have the work done in those months, he said.

The winning bidders for the January-May contracts, for a total of $133,065, were Helping Hand Tree Contracting and Blue River Forestry.

General information on Longmont’s forestry services is available at LongmontColorado.gov/forestry . People with specific questions about the annual tree pruning and removal program can call 303-651-8416.

John Fryar: 303-684-5211, jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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