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Decay forces removal of ash tree

ATHENS, Ohio -- Because of the safety hazard posed by severe decay, a large Ash tree on the College Green will be removed on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The tree, which is well more than 100 years old, has been in serious decline for years. It suffers from root decay, rot throughout the trunk and a widening in cavities at the base of the tree. Thinning out in the crown indicates significant root loss.

An urban forester, who specializes in trees' life spans, recommended removing the tree, noting that, once in decline, White Ashes tend to weaken quickly and shed branches before eventually collapsing, and there are no other viable options. The falling branches pose a serious safety hazard.

The university's Carpenter Shop will use wood from the tree that is not decayed as lumber for campus projects.

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