130-year-old Wausau oak removed; residents upset

CREATED May 19, 2014

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WAUSAU -- Marathon County officials have cut down a 130-year-old oak to make a popular sledding hill safer, a decision that doesn't sit well with residents who say the tree was a local landmark.
 
A Daily Herald Media report on Monday said city and county officials had been worried about the tree for a while. Because it was in the middle of a popular sledding run, there were concerns that someone could get injured and sue the city.
 
City Forester Blaine Peterson says the tree showed signs of minor decay, although not enough for that to be the sole reason to remove it.
 
Jason Kania of Wausau wasn't pleased. He says the tree was a landmark, and now future generations will miss out on experiencing something their parents and grandparents cherished.