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Roseburg Public Schools plans to thin hazardous trees

Officials said several trees were damaged in the snowstorm last month.

Posted: Mar 17, 2019 9:32 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Roseburg Public Schools plans to thin several trees on the Fir Grove Elementary campus that have become a hazard to students and staff.

Officials said about six trees on the campus show signs of wasting. Additionally, they said several trees were damaged in the snowstorm last month.

To keep community members safe, the district has taped off the area surrounding the trees. Officials said the sidewalk used to approach the school from Harvard Avenue will continue to be accessible.

However, the play area under the trees will be closed until the hazards are removed.

“Our goal is to make the little stand of trees we call Fir Grove safer and healthier so that children can continue to enjoy the little forest as generations before them have, for a long time into the future,” Superintendent Lee Paterson said.

District officials said a professional tree service will be employed in the near future to complete the work. Officials have not yet said when that will be.

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