Durango residents concerned about future of Ponderosa Pine tree | KOB 4

Durango residents concerned about future of Ponderosa Pine tree

Meg Hilling
April 22, 2019 07:17 PM

DURANGO, COLORADO-  Plans to cut at the roots of a 200-year-old tree in Durango is stirring up some concern among residents.


"The City of Durango is trying to put in a bike path between the Ponderosa Pine and the railroad tracks of the Durango and Silverton train,” said Jim Lyman, President of the Animas Valley Arborists.

In order to extend the Animas River trail further north, the city is having to cut into the embankment on which the tree stands for the creation of a retaining wall. Doing so is requiring the city of cut into the roots of the tree. This has prompted concern online as residents question whether this will harm the tree and if it is even worth doing.

Given how slowly Ponderosa Pine trees grow, tree experts claim it might be years before they know what impact cutting of the roots has on the overall health of the tree.

"How the tree responds to that is dependent upon how healthy the tree is and what the construction crews and the City of Durango do to provide it the best environmental conditions,” Lyman said.

While much remains unclear about the future of the tree, experts say the community's questions are a promising sight.

"Oh I definitely believe that the people do care about their environment. There is no doubt about that,” Lyman said.


Meg Hilling

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