It’s been a windy week in Fort Wayne and those winds have caused some problems. On Tuesday, gusts of up to 40 miles per hour sent a tree smashing through a pavilion at Foster Park. The same pavilion was damaged by a large branch just a year ago.
The tree that fell earlier this week did not show any signs of poor health on the outside, but was hollow on the inside. Hollow trees are not typically the result of the Emerald Ash Borer: it’s usually from aging or other factors. Crews have been keeping a close eye on the Emerald Ash Borer problem. The pests have taken around 14,000 ash trees in Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation monitors close to 60,000 trees year-round. If they see a tree that shows signs of decay, they drill and examine the tree, then determine whether or not it needs to be removed. But even with an aggressive care and pruning cycle, they can still miss some! If you see a tree or branch that needs attention, call 311. Crews will be out to take a look at the tree within 24 hours.
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation says that around 500 trees are lost each year. Crews will plant 2500 new trees this year.