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Trail trees targeted for removal, pruning

| October 22, 2021 1:00 AM

A number of ponderosa pine trees are targeted for removal along the North Idaho Centennial Trail.

The trees are on private property planned for development along the Spokane River that abuts the rail at Riverstone Park near Tilford Lane.

The property owner reached out to the city of Coeur d’Alene’s Urban Forestry office for guidance.

The property owner’s plan is to thin and prune trees. It also includes the removal of mostly smaller trees and pruning of deadwood for clearance above the Centennial Trail, a city press release said.

The property owner has coordinated with the Parks and Recreation Director, urban forester and the Urban Forestry Committee to select trees that will improve the spacing, health and fuel load in this natural area, the release said.

The project is expected to begin soon.

"This will improve the health and aesthetic qualities of this stand of native trees and they will have a greater opportunity to grow and thrive along the North Idaho Centennial Trail," the release said.

The trees that will be removed along the quarter-mile stretch have been marked with white paint.

"The city of Coeur d’Alene appreciates the private property owner working with the city to maintain healthy mature trees abutting the Centennial Trail," the release said.

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