thanks for everything, flo
Austin says goodbye to century-old tree in 'celebration of life' ceremony at Barton Springs Pool
UPDATE: At 3:11 pm the day this article was published, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department released the following statement: "Austin Parks and Recreation has decided to delay the ceremony and removal the iconic Barton Springs leaning pecan tree affectionately known as “Flo” while the Department reviews additional considerations." More updates will appear as available at austintexas.gov.
Last month, a decades-old pecan tree – affectionately known as "Flo" – was diagnosed with a wood decay fungus called Kretzschmaria deusta, or brittle cinder fungus. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) said this disease weakens roots and wood at the base of a tree and has been known to cause whole tree failures in trees that otherwise look healthy.
Multiple assessments have been completed and, after evaluating all the options and the public safety risk, the PARD has decided to remove Flo.
The PARD said it recognizes the importance of Flo to many community members and will therefore host a "Celebration of Life" ceremony for the tree on September 13 at 7 pm. The event will feature a water blessing and provide attendees with time to say goodbye to the beloved tree.
The department is also collecting photos and stories and memories about Flo. The public can share those remembrances at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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