Grand Rapids moves forward on plans to remove, prune trees

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids is moving forward with plans to remove and prune 3,000 trees near city streets that present potential hazards.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the City Commission approved plans Tuesday for city crews to work alongside contracted tree services to handle trees considered to be high risk. The cost of the project could reach $2.4 million.

David Marquardt, director of parks and recreation, says the city also is working with nurseries and the community to make it easier for people to continue planting new trees.

An inventory was conducted of about 85,000 trees in Grand Rapids public rights of way and in public places. Marquardt says that more than 1,500 were identified as high priority for removal and about 1,400-1,500 were identified as high priority for pruning.

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1 Comment

  • Old Bob

    I am quite sure none of us will live long enough to see the city correct the problem. I am glad to see outside contractors are going to do the job. The next step should be to eliminate the city forestry department and contract all the city tree work out to someone who knows what they are doing