Keppel trees

Keppel Union School District will have eight dead or dying Arizona Cypress trees on the north side of the Keppel Academy campus removed because they pose  a safety hazard.

LITTLEROCK — Eight large dead or dying Arizona Cypress trees on the north side of the Keppel Academy campus will be removed because they pose  a safety hazard.

The trees are near the property fence along Avenue U. Two additional trees will be trimmed of dead branches. Five of the trees are completely dead. Three trees are three-quarters dead.

“We think it’s due to the drought that the trees got damaged,” Keppel Superintendent Ruben Zepeda said.

The last big storm to hit the Valley dropped two trees, Zepeda added.

Keppel’s governing Board at Thursday’s meeting approved a $6,277 contract with Tip Top Arborists of Lancaster to remove the trees.

According to a quote from the company the dead trees show evidence of peeling bark cambium and Bark beetle infestation. Tip Top will remove the above ground portion of the trees, leaving stumps cut low to the grow.

The district will purchase 18 24-inch fruitless mulberry trees at a cost of $2,548 from the Little Nursery in Litterock to replace the dead trees.

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