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105 Foot Tall Tree Being Removed From Bloomington Park

Local crews worked Thursday to remove a 105 foot tall tree in Seminary Park.

One of Bloomington’s largest and most historic trees is coming down.

City officials Thursday began cutting down the 105 foot tall white oak tree located in Seminary Park.

The tree is the largest that the city park system actively manages. It has been a staple of Seminary Park for more than a century, but park construction and severe weather over the last two decades caused damage and decay to the tree that the city said left it beyond repair.

“A root rot has occurred on the west side of the tree, and unfortunately, if you look at the base of the tree, we were noticing what we refer to as fungal conks, which is basically a mushroom fungus that is indicative of internal decay of the wood,” says Lee Huss, Urban forester for the city of Bloomington. “Typically when we look at these situations, if we look and see about one-third of the tree has declined, that is normally when we actively think about wanting to remove it.”

The removal is expected to be completed by Friday. The lumber from the tree will likely be donated to local woodworkers.

As for the park, the city plans to plant at least two new trees this upcoming Arbor Day.

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