Saturday morning, 3am.  We’re walking out of the dispatch center, heading to our cars, when we hear a loud cracking noise, splintering, and a huge crash.  The oak tree in the middle of Woodland Drive lost a section of branches to gravity.  Fortunately, no one was near the tree when the limbs dropped.  I suspect we’ll soon see the removal of this tree, as the City of Visalia moves to “protect public safety” (read: limit city liability).  A tree in the middle of Demaree Road was removed a couple of years ago, and I’m certain this one will be also, now.  It’s a shame, they’re majestic trees, but paving over their root system is a death sentence, even if it takes decades to kill them.

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