Casper removes trees in Highland Cemetery

(City of Casper)
Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 4:15 AM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - Work to remove nine spruce trees and five ash trees in Highland Cemetery will begin on Tuesday, December 28 and be complete on Friday, January 7, weather permitting.  “The spruce trees are dead or dying from ips beetle, and the ash trees are showing signs of the lilac ash borer,” stated City Forester Katy Hallock.  “In order to prevent disease from spreading to other trees in Highland Cemetery, it is crucial to identify and remove diseased trees.”  Hallock went on to explain that storms in the last few years and drought have damaged many trees in the cemetery, and damages trees are very susceptible to insects, fungi, and disease.

Casper Parks will plant an assortment of trees in the spring. “Planting a wide variety of different species is one way to prevent losing a significant number of trees to insects or disease.  When you plant only one or two species in an area, there is a risk you will lose all of the trees to a single insect infestation or disease,” explained Hallock.

The cemetery will remain open; however, small sections may be closed during felling, and traffic control will be in place.  Crews will suspend work during graveside services.  Salvageable wood will be used by the City of Casper for current projects, including the river restoration project.  Questions can be directed to Casper Parks at 307-235-8283.

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