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MDT: Fifth Avenue pruning a matter of safety, not aesthetic


December 27, 2018

Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

A car drives past a dehorned tree along Fifth Avenue Wednesday in Havre. Matt Ladenburg, the Havre maintenance chief with Montana Department of Transportation, said certain trees on Fifth Avenue had rot in their limbs and workers had to cut them all the way down to the trunk.

Since Dec. 19, a crew from the Montana Department of Transportation has been trimming branches away from power lines, street lights and the road, and they have left some of the trees almost completely bare.

Montana Department of Transportation said they are doing what has to be done to the trees, damaged by the record-setting blizzard that hit the area Oct. 2-3, 2017.

But Montana State University Extension horticulturist Toby Day did not have any compliments on the appearance of some Fifth Avenue trees in Havre, calling them "an abomination."

Day said this method of cutting trees down to...

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