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Kennewick leaders: Columbia Park tree removal not related to tragic death

Kennewick leaders: Columbia Park tree removal not related to tragic death

If you’ve been through Columbia Park lately, you’ve probably seen that several large trees have been cut down.

Representatives from Kennewick say the number of branches or trees removed has nothing to do with a tragic death in the park last September.

Instead, they say this week’s upkeep is part of an ongoing program, with some years requiring more trees be removed than others.

Maintenance supervisor Ian Dezember says no matter how many trees are coming down, this is the time of year they do it.

“It's easier to identify the needs of the trees, which limbs need to be removed or pruned this time of year,” he explained. "The leaves aren't on the trees, and it's outside the bird-migratory season so we don't have to worry about disturbing any birds or nesting.”

Last September a mother was killed by a falling tree limb in Columbia Park while attending the Renaissance Fair.

A city rep says they don’t keep data on how many trees are removed each year, but this year’s removals have more to do with recent windstorms, disease, and tree health.

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