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Jun 21, 2011 7:48 PM by Stephanie Collins

Timber! Trees in downtown Colorado Springs come down

Work is underway to remove about 100 trees from neighborhoods in downtown Colorado Springs; the city says they've suffered severe drought damage.

The tree removal area is bordered by Fillmore Street, Fountain Boulevard, Wahsatch Avenue and Cascade Avenue, work started along Cascade today. Contractors have been hired to remove the dead trees, prune others and replace the removed trees with new ones, that don't need as much water.

Residents along these tree lined streets are upset that the trees are coming down and some blame more than just Mother Nature for not providing the water the trees needed to survive, they also blame the city's budget woes, "They can afford to pay these people to take down the trees that have died, but they couldn't afford to water them, none of it makes any sense to me," says resident Jerry Lamer.

City forestry says they also don't like to see the trees removed. For trees that are still showing some life, it's in the projects $56,000 budget to try and keep them around a little longer, "If we can keep the tree in the ground and prune it, and keep it in the ground a couple more years, we'll do that," explains Becky Lamphear with the city's Forestry Division.

The project will take several months to complete. Many of the downed logs will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the city's tree planting fund. Other logs will be processed and put into Forestry's mulch bins and offered free to Colorado Springs citizens at the Forestry Operations Center, 1601 Recreation Way.

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