Apr 22 2014
The scene is ugly but it’s therapeutic.
Last Friday it was partly complete. The oaks were gone but their stumps remained. These stumps will be removed, too, so the disease cannot spread.
How old were the oaks? The rings on one of them tallied 87 years.
It takes more than a lifetime to grow a tree and less than a day to chop it down. Alas, these oaks would still be here if they had not become victims of highly infectious oak wilt fungus.
When the ground is ready and the time of year is right volunteers and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will plant new trees.
(photos by Kate St. John)
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