Cranberry Street Arborcide May Have Been A Mercy Killing Says BHB Reader

A BHB reader sheds some light on why the city may have taken one of the trees at Cranberry Street and Columbia Heights down last week.

“Cedric” writes us that he called 311 about the tree:

On my way home one evening I had seen a fungus growing out of the tree and called 311 to report this to them. I am not sure when this was but it was many months ago. I later received some messages from the Parks Department and I do not recall much about them other than they did not say much.

I reported the fungus in the tree to 311 as I thought the tree needed attention by someone competent and had no idea how such a person should be engaged other than by calling 311. Seeing the tree had been felled it appeared such a person had found the tree to be diseased and best felled. When I looked at the tree after it had been felled the wood did look in good condition, however.

I fully support [the] contention that the tree should only have been felled if diseased or infected beyond healing such that it was endangering people or other trees. Naturally this should be decided by a competent person and maybe it was. It should never have been felled because someone reported it to have some fungus and I desperately hope this is not what happened.

The downed tree in its young and care free days as an extra in the 1970 film “The Landlord” (right).

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  • Andrew Porter

    Are we talking about the right tree? The one I saw that had been cut down, and had evidence of some sort of internal rot, was at the northeast corner of Cranberry and Hicks, in front of the veterinarian office.