WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – The wooded area of Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge is about to undergo a transformation.
Selected tree removal has started in the park, Mayor Charles Snapp said Tuesday. 130 to 140 sick or dying trees have been marked for removal by the Forrestry Service.
“The wooded area of the park is going to be a mess this year, but as early as 2018 we will start planting a selection of new saplings,” Snapp wrote. “Soon we will have a healthier park, with fewer mosquitos and a lot less carpenter ants!”
Tree Committee Chairman Rob Combs helped the city obtain a grant toward removal of the trees. Snapp told NEA Report it was a $4,000 grant with a $4,200 match, coming from in-kind donations.
The project is estimated to cost between $8,200 and $10,000, counting clean-up, Snapp said.
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