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Wausau residents upset over city chopping down 130-year-old oak tree

Oak tree
Oak tree

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - Folks in Wausau were not happy that the city cut down a 130-year-old oak tree on a popular sledding hill, without being given a chance to have their say beforehand.  

Marathon County parks administrator Bill Duncanson tells the Wausau Daily Herald that the tree was in decline -- although it could have lived for awhile. He called it a "tough decision" to take it down, but the city had to weigh the possibility of being liable if a sledder gets hurt striking the tree and files a lawsuit.

Folks appear to be less upset about the tree's actual removal, than not being told about it in advance.

Jake Stachovak tells the Wausau paper he hopes the city can at least let neighbors know what's going on when they consider cutting down a significant tree in the future.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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