Tree near elementary school could fall

WATCH DOG

October 24, 2006|By Nick Shields

THE PROBLEM -- Debi Jacobson reports that a tree on Diana Road near Summit Park Elementary School in Baltimore County appears to be dying and she fears it could fall.

THE BACKSTORY -- Jacobson, who lives near Summit Park Elementary, said the large tree behind her home and on the school's property looks sick. There is a hole at the base of the tree and about half of the branches appear to be dead. Jacobson said that much of the tree failed to grow leaves over the summer, and she is concerned that a strong gust could blow the tree over. Roland Nickoles, a grounds manager for Baltimore County schools, said four trees in the area were removed because of similar problems two years ago. Nickoles said the tree Jacobson is concerned about appeared to be in a healthier condition when the others were cut down, and it was spared. He said it is unclear what might have sickened the tree but that the previously removed trees had disturbed root systems. Nickoles said grounds officials would inspect the tree today and determine what should happen.

WHO CAN FIX IT -- Roland Nickoles, Baltimore County public schools, 410-887-6300.

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