Bowman park closes for maintenance

Bowman Park on Luray Avenue will be closed on September 12th and 13th.

Town arborist, Jim Osborn received a complaint about hazardous conditions.

After inspection, The Town of Front Royal has hired contractor Timber Works Tree Care to mitigate the hazardous conditions.

  • The following trees are being removed:
    White Oak 55″ dbh has an approximately 10-year-old lightning strike that has allowed interior
    decay to affect the structure of the tree. The associated brown rot ruins the structural integrity of
    the tree making it susceptible to failure.
  • White Oak 44″ dbh exhibits a crown decline of over 25%. This decline appears to be caused by heavy soil compaction, slope causing water runoff, little to no organic matter remaining in the
    critical root zone. This “Oak Decline” has been noted and recorded since 2019 by University of Maryland.
    • Burr Oak 38″ dbh has had multiple leads broken out and cut back over the years. The extreme lean and site conditions at the park contribute to its decline.

    HAZARD REDUCTION PLANNING
    • White Oak 53″ dbh has the start of some crown dieback. Hazard reduction pruning of branches larger than 2″ diameter will take place.
    • White Oak 47″ dh also has some dead wood in the crown. Hazard reduction pruning of branches larger than 2″ diameter will take place.

Town residents may contact Jim Osborn if they have questions or concerns,  josborn@frontroyalva.com.

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Unimproved alley inspections in Front Royal

The Public Works Department of the Town of Front Royal will begin a new unimproved alley inspection and inventory for all town properties.

Town staff will be looking for potential hazards, illegal dumping and maintenance concerns.

The work will be completed Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3 pm until December.

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