Massive rotting tree cut down in Oak Park

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Eric Brightfield snapped these photos of the aftermath of a massive tree removal on Saturday, April 16. 

The tree was removed from the front yard of a home on the 400 block of N. Grove. Oak Park Forestry Superintendent, Jim Semelka, inspected the remaining stump on Tuesday and said that because the tree was not on the parkway, a private tree removal service would have been responsible for the removal. Semelka said that the stump showed signs of rot and was likely the reason for the removal of the tree.

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Brian from Stickney,IL   

Posted: July 8th, 2011 10:43 AM

County Tree Service, Inc. from Stickney,IL removed it. It was Oak tree.

Edward O'Brien from Oak Park  

Posted: April 19th, 2011 6:28 PM

What type of tree was it?

Eric Brightfield  

Posted: April 19th, 2011 1:13 PM

A lumber company picked the logs up early this morning. I asked them what they do with the logs since they are so large and he said that they create old style "true dimensional" lumber that is used in renovation work in old houses. and the rest they create heavy duty pallets since it is hardwood, not pine. So maybe that wood will soon find its way back to Oak Park!.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: April 19th, 2011 12:16 PM

Hey Eric, when you wrote us and said those were some massive logs you weren't joshing us! Thanks for sending the pix. Dan

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