“Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone …
They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em”
Trees lining streets slated for sidewalks funded through grants by the Michigan Department of Transportation and The Pokagon Fund. To appreciate the destruction by the City, take a look at the hacked up roots of big old red oak trees on Clinton, Marshall, Monroe, and Eagle off of West Detroit Street. It is surreal.
By next year, many of these fine old trees might be dying or dead.
“Stop the saws! Smart gardeners should not prune oak trees past April 1 to ensure their trees don’t succumb to oak wilt disease. Avoid pruning until November.” http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/stop_pruning_oak_trees_now_to_avoid_oak_wilt_
The destruction of native red oak trees by the City Council’s rush to
install sidewalks includes Clinton, Marshall, Monroe, and Eagle with Chicago Street next. Without first waiting until the dormant season in November or consulting experts from the DNR, Michigan State Extension Service or a reputable arborist service, this destruction might lead to a costly community wide epidemic of oak wilt.
This disease is in areas of Michigan near New Buffalo. Once a tree is infected, it cannot be saved with the disease traveling easily from diseased trees to healthy ones. Smart municipalities interested in keeping the disease out of their communities educate homeowners to prevent trauma to the trees and prune them carefully during the cold dormant season when the beetles carrying the disease have died out. Compromised trees, such as the ones currently being molested for the Safe Route to School sidewalk grant process are infected first.
According to Roger Mech, Forest Health program specialist for the DNR Forest Resources Division, oak wilt is a serious disease of oak trees that mainly affects red oaks, including northern red oak, black oak and pin oak. Red oaks often die within a few weeks after becoming infected. White oaks are more resistant; therefore, the disease progresses more slowly.
Once an oak is infected, the fungus moves to neighboring red oaks through root grafts. Oaks within approximately 100 feet of each other – depending on the size of the trees – have connected or grafted root systems. Left untreated, oak wilt will continue to move from tree to tree, progressively killing more red oak over an increasingly larger area. As more trees die from oak wilt, more spores are produced, and that contributes to the overland spread of oak wilt.http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10366_54559_10402-409559–,00.html
“A spreading fungal disease is threatening to wipe out tens of thousands of oak trees in the state of Michigan, prompting the formation of a new task force to curb its spread.
The Oak Wilt Coalition, led by the Arborculture Society of Michigan, is aimed at raising awareness of the destructive potential of oak wilt and methods of preventing its spread. Others in the coalition include the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan State University, ReLeaf Michigan, and electric utilites and tree care companies.”
BY Joyce Kilmer
(and only fools kill trees)
Photos of Clinton, Marshall, Monroe, and Eagle taken Sunday, September 24, 2017
First they lacerated the roots on one side of this oak but that wasn’t enough, then they did the same to the roots on the other side, making sure the roots were well damaged on both sides. (I believe this is on Marshall Street) as are the ones below.
Root damage to this mature oak.