City Forestry removes 4 dead trees in southeast part of Bancroft ParkFeb. 26, 2018; updated March 2, 2018
Three or four trees along the parkway in the southeast part of Bancroft Park have died and are being cut down this week. March 2 update: All four trees identified in the original article here, including one that City Forestry wasn't initially sure was dead, have been cut down to stumps, as of March 1.
A Colorado Springs Forestry Division crew started lopping limbs Monday morning, Feb. 26. A Forestry worker Feb. 27 said the trees will
The 1-acre park is in Old Colorado City, in the 2400 block of West Colorado Avenue.
Three trees have died - two of them American elms, the other an ash - and are certain to be removed; a decision was still being made on a fourth tree. Those trees are identified in the photo at the top of this page.
The chief culprit for the trees is bark beetles, according to Forestry staffer Patrick Ford, pointing out that bark coming off is a sign of such infestations.
Although Forestry is a division of the City Parks, he said the work is not related to a separate department initiative to build a public restroom in the southeast corner of Bancroft, possibly starting this spring. “I just heard about that today,” Ford commented, when approached at the work site Feb. 26.
He added that no decision has been made on replacements, and all the trees in Bancroft are being looked at. “This park is going to look a lot different in about five years,” he predicted.
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