Trees in Bienville Square could come down

Mobile County
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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — 

The City of Mobile could soon cut down trees in Bienville Square. This comes after a new study shows they could be dangerous.

The arborist said five trees need to come down immediately because someone could get seriously hurt.


An independent, certified arborist working on behalf of the Downtown Parks Conservancy conducted a study. In the report, the arborist says several trees in Bienville Square are in declining health due to rot, trunk cavities, and other damage. 

The city sent us a statement when we asked about the trees. It says in part, “Any decisions will be made with the best interests of our citizens in mind, and to enhance the beauty and utilization of this iconic square for future generations.” – Laura Byrne 

The City says its Urban Forestry Department is taking a look at the report and conducting its own assessment of the trees. 

Read the City’s full statement below:

“The City received a report from an independent, certified arborist who determined that several trees in Bienville Square are in declining health due to rot, trunk cavities and other damage. The arborist, working on behalf of the Downtown Parks Conservancy, recommended that five trees be immediately removed because they pose a threat to public safety. The City’s Urban Forestry department reviewed the report and is conducting its own assessment of the trees. Mobile’s majestic live oaks are a treasure and it would be disappointing to lose any one of them. Any decisions will be made with the best interests of our citizens in mind, and to enhance the beauty and utilization of this iconic square for future generations.”

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