On June 12 and 13, a professional tree service company removed hazardous trees and their stumps, and trimmed other trees in the area around Keweenaw National Historical Park Headquarters. The work was the culmination of an assessment of the trees that took place in 2017.
Last fall, a professional arborist worked with park staff to assess the health of twelve mature historic trees in the Calumet National Historic Landmark District. Many of the larger trees were found to be unhealthy or unstable. The arborist noted poor limb structure and interior rot. These trees posed potential risks and safety hazards to people and property including nearby buildings and power lines, as well as pedestrian and vehicle traffic on Highway 41 and Red Jacket Road.
Although the space looks a little empty today, the trees will be replaced with new, healthy trees that will restore the historic landscape and continue to provide beauty and shade long into the future.
For more information about Keweenaw National Historical Park and other park events and programs, contact park headquarters at 906/337-3168, or check the web at www.nps.gov/kewe.