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There have been several trees, in the neighborhood, that have been the victims of the last couple, hot summers. I was told by an arborist that they've been "stressed and vulnerable to disease."
Bark beetles are big culprits when there has been insufficient rains as we've had the past few summers. This has been a huge problem in California and Oregon forests, now is it our turn?
We hated to see a large pine in a yard in the 4000 Block of Surber Drive/Belvoir be removed. If you drive on Surber, you'll notice a big hole where it used to stand. Others have been scattered throughout the neighborhood. Another "victim" was on the 3700 block of 42nd. Avenue Ne. It has also been removed.