Two of downtown Raleigh’s oldest trees will come down next week – one each in Moore Square and Nash Square. The move follows a tree assessment conducted last fall.
“While we are always reluctant to see the removal of large, vigorous trees, the data you collected and our visual inspection from the ground both identify the need to remove these two trees due to their impaired structural integrity in high traffic areas,” state forester Nancy Stairs wrote in a letter to the city this month.
At Moore Square, the survey found major decay in a willow oak at the southeast corner of the park. The Nash Square willow oak is at the south end of the square near Martin Street. It was damaged in a storm last summer. Both trees need to be chopped down since their condition is a safety hazard, the foresters found.