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      Residents concerned with treatment of historic oak trees

      Controversy continues surrounding some of Albany's landmarks - large oak trees that have been around for the past century.

      / Cody Long

      Controversy continues surrounding some of Albany's landmarks - large oak trees that have been around for the past century.

      Some people are worried about how the city is taking care of them.

      Leah Ryales is one of those concerned about the trees soon to be cut down on Slappey Boulevard.

      "If they start cutting down these, aren't they just going to continue cutting down the rest of the ones that are already diseased?" Ryales asked.

      The city will cut down these oak trees, recently trimmed, because of power lines.

      "l definitely think they need to look into a better way to prune the trees because if they're compromising the health of this beautiful oak tree by cutting it back then they're destroying what is an Albany landmark," Ryales said.

      FOX 31 reached out to Assistant City Manager Wes Smith. He declined an interview but just said the city always monitors large trees for signs of damage and disease.

      "Cosmetically, it's probably one of the ugliest things I've ever seen," Certified Arborist David Edwards said. "I guess they're trying to strike harmony with tree huggers and still keeping power up."

      Edwards says trimming the trees does no good and they should just be cut down completely and there are plenty of other oaks in the city.

      "The bottom line is it's the wrong tree to plant under a power line. There are several other species that wouldn't grow as high."

      Ryales says Albany should follow what other cities like Tallahassee are doing.

      "They don't do this to their trees," Ryales said. "Their roads have power lines and they're fully canopied down there. It's gorgeous."

      Crews will cut down the oaks Friday morning, replacing them with Crepe Myrtles.

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