On Thursday and Friday, September 11 and 12, the two black walnut trees in front of the library will be removed. We take this action with deep regret as the trees provide much shade and enjoyment. However, with every storm, we come closer to the disaster of having the trees drop heavy branches on to cars and people, possibly resulting in fatalities. With every storm we also face the possibility of having the trees upend in a way as to do critical damage to the library building.
The trees started their life in someone’s yard, but the decision to leave them on site when the library was built, left them with very little space for nutrients and growth, and now they have become hazardous. This removal project was started approximately one year ago and much thought and research has been put into it. A certified arborist gave us his best opinion on the status of the trees. Among other findings, he noted that the trees are in the last stage of their life cycle.
To honor the trees, we have made arrangements with the Oregon Coast Community Forest Association to store and dry the trees so that their wood can live on through beautiful artwork and furniture. This is an exciting project that will continue to celebrate the trees and our community.
Further, we are giving much thought to the trees that will replace the black walnuts. As good stewards, we want to be sure that we have the right tree in right place relative to their size and space requirements. We want to landscape the front of the library to provide enjoyment and beauty that will be long lasting. If you have questions about the trees, please contact Deborah Trusty, Library Director at 541-336-3132 or email@example.com.