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City Backlogged Clearing Post-Storm Tree Limbs

Nov 13, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  The storm that hit Reno earlier this week caused a torrent of tree limbs to come down and the city is backlogged trying to remove them. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Overall, Monday's weather caused fairly insignificant impact to the city's tree canopy, with no entire trees falling but plenty of lost limbs.

Steve Churchillo is the city's chief arborist. He says contrary to what some may think, the limbs that fell were due to the weight of the snow and not the health of the tree.

Where Have The Trees Gone?

Jul 29, 2015
Julia Ritchey

Reno was designated a Tree City by the Arbor Foundation nearly 33 years ago — a distinction held thanks to its healthy, mature canopy. But the city’s tree population is disappearing — by as much as 20 percent over the last two decades. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey investigates the city’s shrinking tree cover. 

“This is an example on St. Lawrence and Gordon Avenue in the old Southwest neighborhood where we have five mature 60-year-old Green Ash trees that the Western Ash Bark Beetle has just destroyed,” says Steve Churchillo, the city's urban forester.