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Large poplars part of a three-year tree removal program

By Collin Gallant on July 19, 2018.

NEWS PHOTO COLLIN GALLANT
A massive limb come off a poplar tree in the Crestwood mobile home park on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Crews from Rite Enterprises required help from Niwa Crane to fell the more than 100-foot-tall tree.

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Poplars so huge an industrial crane was needed to guide them to the ground are being removed from a southside mobile home park.

Colin Grant, the manager of the Crestwood mobile home park, said the removal is part of a three-year plan to remove large trees. Management feels they are susceptible to heavy wind storms like those which have hit the city several times since 2015. Rather than risking them coming down in another storm, crews are removing them.

“The residents are mostly jumping for joy,” said Grant, who said the trees weren’t planted intentionally.

They simply seeded themselves or were planted by original residents when the park was built more than 30 years ago.

They had grown by leaps and bounds, however. One that stood well over 100-feet in height and with three trunks was taken down by Rite Enterprises on Wednesday with help from Niwa Crane which brought in its tall-boom crane.

It’s the latest stage of a process that began last year, and was begun after several large evergreen trees were tipped by high winds.

Other storms knocked limbs off other poplars, said Grant, which he called a dangerous situation in a relatively compact residential development.

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