Emergency Tree Removal in Garbutt Park

September 10, 2019

The interior of a tree removed today at Garbutt Park; the tree looked healthy on the exterior but was deemed possible of failure with immediate removal recommended.

The City of Ferndale, in collaboration with Davey Tree, has identified several trees in Garbutt Park that present a falling hazard and must be removed immediately. The City had all of the Park’s trees inspected after experiencing a loss of three area trees this summer—two during storms, one on a calm day with no obvious provocation. Of the 30+ trees inspected, 11 were deemed probable or possible of full tree failure within the year and recommended to be removed as soon as possible.

The safety of our community’s residents, children, and visitors is our top priority. With the failing trees located in or near Garbutt Park’s youth play structure and pedestrian/walking areas, the City is taking a “safety first” approach and will be removing the trees over the next 1-2 weeks.

"Trees can look fine on the exterior and present a completely different picture inside," said DPW Deputy Director Dan Antosik. "The first of the trees we removed today was almost completely hollowed and would have been at major risk of falling; it's why our collaboration with Davey Tree, and the inspection and inventory work they provide, is so critical."

The work will include cutting and chipping by staff members of the City’s Department of Public Works (DPW). Work will occur during regular business hours. Please note that, to ensure the safety of all, some areas of the park will be temporarily closed while DPW staff work.

Following the removal of these trees, DPW leadership will work closely with the City’s Sustainability Planner and Parks and Recreation team to identify a tree replacement and replanting plan with a goal of replacing every failed/removed tree.

If you have additional questions, please contact Antosik at 248-546-2525 ext. 602.


Kara Sokol

Communications Director