The removal of 25
well-established trees at Dogwood Park--north of 1100N and east of 23rd
Street--began on Tuesday, two and a half months after a contracted arborist
for NIPSCO told the Chesterton Park Board that they had to go.
The trees, 19
maples and nine oaks, are--were--located at the southeast intersection of
1100N and 23rd Street, and have overgrown the power lines.
At the Park Board’s
July meeting, Andrea Nichols of Arbor Metrics announced that “trimming the
trees to minimum spec would remove 25 percent of the canopy” and badly
disfigure them in the process. “And I have no confidence they would survive.
Wrong trees, wrong place.”
tree service, Asplundh Tree Expert LLC of Willow Grove, Pa., has two crews
on the job and is proceeding rapidly along 1100N, moving east to west, with
only three trees left to remove on 1100N at mid-morning today, Park
Superintendent Bruce Mathias told the Chesterton Tribune. The crews
will then remove additional trees on the east side of 23rd Street.
NIPSCO committed to
replacing the trees on a one-to-one basis, and is expected to plant the new
ones later this year, about 30 feet back from the old ones, north of 1100N
and east of 23rd Street, Mathias said.
Mathias did say
that Asplundh is inviting folks to take the lumber left from the removal at
no charge. Just speak to a crew member. Asplundh will leave the logs on site
for a period of time, and then collect whatever is still left.