City has Started Cutting Down Live Oak Trees along University, Auden
The City of West U started removing eight Live Oak trees today along University and Auden that have severely declined over the last five years.
The trees, which are more than 60 years old, are located on the southwest corner of the West University Elementary School. Six are located along University and two are located on Auden.
The removal of the trees started today and new trees are expected to be planted by Jan. 2. The project coincides with the HISD Christmas holiday, which allows the contractors and their equipment limited conflicts with the project.
The trees have declined over the years due to construction compaction over time and the current drought, Parks and Recreation Director Tim O’Connor said.
West U’s Urban Forestry Department and Tri-Sports have tried to save the trees over the last five years but the trees are now at the end of their life and are at the point of being a safety risk to pedestrian traffic, forcing their removal.
The trees will be replaced with six Mexican Monterrey White Oaks to hopefully prevent potential Oak Wilt or Oak Decline, which is prevalent in the area.
There are more trees located on the school’s campus that will decline and pace probable removal and replacement in the near future, according to the city.
The city, Tri-Sports and the West University Elementary School PTO is funding the project.