Nick Harper investigates decay of tree

August 29, 2012 | 6:31 p.m. CDT
Nick Harper, with the Columbia Parks and Recreation forestry division, peers inside the swamp white oak tree in Lions-Stephens park to investigate the extent of its decay after it was cut down Wednesday. Due to additional stress caused by the summer's drought and heat, there has been an increase in tree cutting in Columbia in recent weeks, Harper said.

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