Chico State's trees get a trimming

Jan 15, 2014 6:53 PM

It's the start of a new semester at Chico State University and, as always, student safety is a top priority. But on a campus filled with trees, danger potentially hangs over students.

“We’re lightening up the trees here trying to make it safer around here,” said Josh Graham of Richard’s Tree Service. “We’re taking a little end weight off so the branches don’t have as much stress on them and less likely to break.”

This tree trimming crew has been removing dead and decaying branches all across the campus. Now this type of work happens each semester; but this time it comes following the recent death of a student. Pa Houa Lor was hit and killed by a fallen tree branch during the fall semester while sitting under a tree on campus.

“There’s probably a thousand pounds on a branch; especially if you get one a foot in diameter. It will crush you real good,” Graham said. “It’s accident and accidents do happen. Lack of maintenance could be an issue but we looked at the tree and everything looked okay."

Chico State student Hailee Young said the fatal accident still haunts her.

“I still think about it every once in a while,” she said. “I remember reading it in the campus announcements. That’s just awful. I feel so bad for her and her family.”

And with a new semester set to start, this accident has made her much more cautious of her surroundings.

“When I walked by the guys trimming the trees I thought about the incident,” she said. “So I think it’s great that they're taking the initiative to prevent these kinds of accidents from happening again.


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