Ice Storm Damage
I'm pleased to tell you that the Eugene Masonic Cemetery came through the recent ice storm with less (although still significant) damage to our beautiful stand of trees and other vegetation than we anticipated. A couple Madrone trees were lost, as well as a fir. However, damage to shrubs was widespread.
Additionally, some tree limbs were broken off and a few left hanging, creating a potentially unsafe environment for walkers. But through the efforts of our wonderful Grounds crew, Wendi Propst and Steve Kuchera, plus the help of a professional arborist, much of the damage has been taken care of. HOWEVER, as is the case in any setting with trees and ice, there is always the possibility of falling branches, especially with the coming inclement weather. Be aware of potential dangers if you visit the cemetery. Cleanup continues to remove debris from the grounds and from above, but it will take time.
One of the reasons we were spared even more tree damage is because of our ongoing tree maintenance program. We have a budget line item specifically for tree maintenance, so unhealthy trees are pruned or removed as needed, making them less likely to be a future danger.
So, I encourage you to visit the cemetery, but use common sense on the trails. Keep an eye out for undiscovered hanging branches, and remember that bad weather can create more dangers which take time to discover and remove.
If you should be moved to help us with the expenses related to the storm damage we did have, it would be greatly appreciated. Just click here: Help with storm damage When the web page opens, click on "Donate" in the lower left corner.