Cottonwoods will fall soon |

Cottonwoods will fall soon

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen’s “urban forester” is about to cut down some of the city’s century-old cottonwoods, and the City Council wants to make sure the citizens know about the program.

Stephen Ellsperman, of the parks department, told the council Monday that his department has determined that at least five of the old trees pose a hazard to life and limb – human limb, that is. The trees have a functional lifespan of 100 to 110 years, and have reached that age, he said.

Ellsperman told the council the parks department will be taking down five trees in the near future, including one next to the Tyrolean Lodge on Main Street, another across Main Street from the Pitkin County Courthouse, and one in front of the Conners’ homes on Hopkins.

Plus, he said, the tree known as the “Tree of Hope,” next to the Popcorn Wagon at the corner of Mill and Hyman, is nearly dead.

When Mayor Rachel Richards asked if the Tree of Hope could stay up for one more winter to carry its traditional load of lights, Ellsperman said: “That tree is so far gone they were worried about the fire hazard with the lights.”

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