Drought takes a toll on Columbia trees

October 7, 2012 | 4:29 p.m. CDT
So far, Columbia Parks and Recreation has removed 26 trees in six parks to prevent dead limbs from falling down and hurting passersby. Of the 26 trees, 21 were Norway spruces. Spruces belong to the coniferous category, which tend to be more vulnerable than deciduous ones in a drought. The time and money spent in watering trees is much higher compared to last year’s figures. The department is still tracking dead trees in parks, and the number of trees listed for removal is estimated to rise through spring 2013. The drought also threatens private trees in people’s gardens, damaging Columbia’s ecological environment.