Keene Public Library, West St. Landscaping—October 3, 2018
During the planning and into the construction of the Library expansion, assessments were made of the library landscaping, with focus particularly on the trees lining West St. (Please see attached photos).
After careful evaluation by Bartlett Tree Experts, it was determined that the two sugar maples are in poor condition and should be removed. The declining conditions had been noted in previous reviews, and the trees were being watched. The westernmost sugar maple has visible rotten limbs and much earlier than normal change of foliage. The distress of the sugar maple to the east is shown by its exposed roots and dead interior limbs. Both trees are further impacted by the construction of sidewalks and ADA accessible pathways.
Given their condition, the trees pose safety risks in an area that will see increased public usage with the opening of the West St. entrance and will be removed. Local woodworkers, who have examined the trees, will use some of the sound portions to create pieces turned on a lathe. Two new trees will be planted to grow in their place and will be selected to provide interest, variety of species and to offer fall colors and foliage for many years to come.
Three additional trees line West St: a Norway maple, a linden and a silver maple. The Norway maple and the linden will need some special handling during the time of construction of the paths leading to the entrance. The City will monitor and nurture them using best management practices with the assistance of Bartlett Tree arborists. The company has already cabled together the linden’s two trunks to stabilize it. Proper care and cuts during construction should ensure the health of the Norway maple.