Marietta tree commission pruning along busy summer

MARIETTA, Oh. (WTAP) - You can count on two hands the number of individuals responsible for the city of Marietta's 3,000-plus trees. But that doesn't discourage them at all.

Tree commission member Ellie La Follette says last year's dry season, coupled with this year's wet weather, has wreaked havoc on trees in the area.

She says, this summer, the city picked up another vendor to help out with the backlog of requests.

"The city owns one bucket truck but it's not very tall and it's very old and cranky," she said, "and so we've been looking for other people to help us with that and there's been a real shortage of it until this year. But another vendor has come onboard and he's got the big equipment and the time and we're looking forward to working with him."

La Follette says trees are an integral part of the city's appeal.

"The beauty of this city is enhanced tremendously by our trees," she added, "and the responsibility of our group is to see that that job is done every year."

Marietta has been designated a tree city by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 39 years.

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