The Turlock Unified School District has begun its Tree Removal Project at the District Office on Canal Drive to remove 22 dying elm trees. Many of the trees had become hallowed in the middle due to fungus and ants over the years.
TUSD plans to replant new trees in the place of the elm trees, which could have been planted in the 1940 or 50s.
On May 18 of this year, a 30-inch diameter branch fell off an elm tree onto the District Office, causing minor physical damage but major damage to the entire TUSD communication network. In August, TUSD staff removed another large branch that was clearly on the verge of falling.