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Williams Cemetery to Remove Elm Trees

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With the onset of drought and trees at the end of their lifespan, the Williams Cemetery District will be removing 23 Elm Trees surrounding the compound at the end of the month.

“The trees were planted over a 100 years ago, and many are rotting to the core,” said Cemetery Manager, Dawn Nissen.

Dead branches and hallowed trunks can be easily spotted from the roadway making the trees a hazard.

“We want to reduce the liability and remove the trees before something happens,” said Nissen.

In 2006, the Williams Cemetery had the trees trimmed of dead wood and discovered the ultimate fate of their beloved trees.

“We had an arborist tell us that the trees didn’t have many years left,” said Nissen, “elm trees have a life expectancy of about 100 years or so – and we can only estimate that these trees were planted sometime in the year 1901.”

Although the Cemetery has been maintaining the trees for as long as possible, salvaging them after a prolonged drought is not possible.

“If we do not remove them now, they will only get worse,” added Nissen.

Tree removal is expected to begin at the end of October.

“This is a significant financial impact to the cemetery,” said Nissen, “but keeping them would be a greater impact.”

Once the trees have been removed, the district plans to replace the trees with a heartier variety after they have recouped funding.

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editorhttps://williamspioneer.com
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at lloyd@colusacountynews.net or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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