Creative City Leaders Find New Life for Trees Destined to Decay

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Sadie the dog relaxes on a wood floor made from trees that were destined to decay because of a beetle infestation. Photo: Urban Timber

Sadie the dog relaxes on a wood floor made from trees that were destined to decay because of a beetle infestation. Photo: Urban Timber

When the Cincinnati Park Board discovered that a destructive beetle was infecting its trees a few years ago, they knew they had a problem. The insect, which is fatal to ash trees, meant the city faced losing more than 10 percent of its prized trees. Rather than letting the beetle destroy the trees, city leaders decided to cut down the trees before they decayed.

“We did some brainstorming and started working on a plan to make something with all this wood,” explains Dave Gamstetter, natural resources manager for the Cincinnati Park Board. “We needed to figure out how to deal with the good ash from tens of thousands of park trees.”

They created a task force to look at the best way to deal with an unavoidable situation. Keep reading to learn about the city’s creative solution.

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