Many have expressed concerns about the removal of the black walnut trees along Russell Boulevard. Currently, the tree removal has been restricted to the western portion of Russell that is outside the city limits and where, because of past neglect, most of the trees were dead or dying.
In contrast, when driving east on Russell Boulevard and entering Davis, the black walnut trees appear vigorous and seemingly justify the sign informing one that Davis is a “Tree City USA.” Unfortunately, upon closer observation, one sees that several of the trees are loaded with mistletoe and have some dead branches. For whatever reason, perhaps inadequate funding, the removal of mistletoe was begun last year and never fully completed.
There are several attributes that justify proper maintenance of the remaining mile of walnut tree-shaded Russell Boulevard: historic, emblematic, visually pleasing, etc. Hopefully, all the mistletoe will be removed this winter and the trees that suffered loss of limbs will be restoratively pruned and not just merely removed.