Pruning at a Bustling Intersection

On February 1, cold fog gradually gave way to warmth and sunshine as a team of 18 Tree Stewards pruned young trees at the junction of McIntire Road, the U.S. 250 Bypass and the John W. Warner Parkway. Guided by CATS pruning instructor Tim Maywalt, the crew carefully removed dead and decayed material, branches that in time would obstruct visibility for drivers and pedestrians, and limbs that would likely fail as the trees mature. Trees that received beneficial trimming included river birches, American hornbeams, and swamp white oaks. The volunteers also liberated trees along Schenks Branch that were smothered in invasive vines. More pruning excursions along the John W. Warner Parkway and other city streets are scheduled for March 7 and April 4.

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