Downtown Colorado Springs is about to lose some of its oldest residents. The city plans to cut down 100 to 200 diseased and dying trees.
A local city forester says many of the elms, oaks and maples along streets like Nevada and Cascade, have been struggling to survive over the past few years. That’s partly because of the ongoing drought conditions. They're also stressed from an infestation of bark beetles.
The city forestry division plans to begin cutting down the trees in these areas later this year. They hope to replace any that are on public land.