Update for the week beginning Feb. 18, 2019
Removal of Trees at Pine Park
A substantial number of diseased and dead pine trees in the Cathedral area of Pine Park will be removed to prevent the spread of disease to other trees and reduce the risk of accidents on the hiking trails. Some trees that are currently healthy, but have small crowns and thus don't get enough sun to be viable for more than four to five years, will also be removed. Work begins Jan. 28 and should take three to four weeks to complete.
Tree damage was brought to the attention of Dartmouth Arborist Brian Beaty who contacted Kyle Lombard, the Forest Health Program Coordinator with the NH Division of Forests and Lands. It was determined that affected trees are infected with Rhizosphaeara needle cast, a common fungal disease that impacts conifers, such as spruce, Douglas fir, western hemlock, and eastern white pine. One of the major factors that leads to this condition is the high density of large even-aged pine trees. The dense competition for sunlight creates small crowns and can leave the trees in poor health.
Pine Park is located just north of the Dartmouth campus, and accessed through the Hanover Country Club, off Rope Ferry and Occom Ridge roads. The park is owned by the Pine Park Association, with shared responsibility for management of the park by the town of Hanover and Dartmouth College.
Questions or concerns about this project may be directed to Work Control.