UPDATE: Study of tree inventory in Watertown’s parks, boulevards completed  (Audio)

May 4, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–A study of the tree inventory in Watertown has just been completed.

City Forester Jon Livermore tells KWAT News the survey was done on trees on non-private property such as parks and boulevards.

Livermore says the survey results, although preliminary, showed about one-third of the trees on city parks and boulevards in Watertown are ash trees…

Livermore says 34-percent ash trees is way too high, especially given the destructive emerald ash borer, which at some point will make its way into Watertown, destroying ash trees…

Livermore says damage to trees from the very strong winds this spring has been limited, primarily due to the fact that trees have not leafed out yet, meaning there’s no canopy on the trees to catch high wind gusts.

Watertown’s peak gust in April was 65 miles per hour.