A tree was leaning over severely, in the Paramount Park Natural Area next to the street. It had been impacted by some water district repairs last year. (They'd left the tree standing by request, but the recent winds were too much for it.) It wasn't really threatening anything or anyone.
But, it wasn't necessary to cut the tree down entirely. A citizen request to "snag" the tree was honored by the Shoreline Parks Department. There is a "wildlife snag" section already in the city code. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife also recommend this whenever possible if a tree must be cut.
|Roots exposed of Bitter Cherry Tree|
And this is a good week to talk about Wildlife Snags, because this week is actually
National Wildlife Week!
National Wildlife Week
March 14-20, 2011
Wildlife That Move Us – Celebrating the Wildlife All Around Us
Here's how Shoreline Parks did it:
|Parks "Cherry Picker" Truck|
|Multi-Trunked Tree Cut off one by one|
|Expert work by Shoreline staff|