I have some updated information on the removal of the large Cottonwood Tree at Bicentennial Park –
We were able to count 120 growth rings to estimate the age of the tree. The large trunk of the Cottonwood Tree revealed even more extensive damage than we realized. The base of the tree contained almost no healthy wood and the rot extended into the roots.
In the photos below you’ll see that there was very little support wood at the base of the tree. The tree was very unstable and was definitely going to fail.
Most of the wood on one of the large lateral limbs was rotted to the point that it had very little strength to keep the limb (which weighed several thousand pounds) from failing. The photo below show the rot extends throughout the limb. Healthy wood from a Cottonwood Tree is very light in color.
Cottonwood is not a high quality lumber species but part of the tree has been collected for woodturners that make intricate wooden bowls, basins, urns, etc.
On a positive and bright note, we are working on a plan with Provo Power to preserve 4 large bald cypress trees and transplant them to bank of the pond at bicentennial park as part of a pond enhancement project. These trees will grow the distinctive “knees” into the pond as they do naturally in the US southeast. We will also line the bank edges in certain areas with boulders to control erosion into the pond. These improvements will make a significant difference in the appearance of the area and will add to the aesthetic beauty of the area for future generations.3