Fallen Forest Giant

Fallen Forest Giant

If you visit Creekside Center in Beckley Creek Park, you’ll notice a big change. Yesterday afternoon’s squall line brought brief, but powerful straight line winds through the park. In the process, this storm brought down one of the humongous white pines that previously stood behind the PNC Achievement Center.

Thankfully for everyone, the pine did not fall on a building, trail, or park visitor. But, the loss is felt just the same given the shade that this massive tree provided for thousands of park guests annually. 

Previous to the construction of Beckley Creek Park, this large pine was part of the Oesteritter homestead and dairy farm. As a young park with a lot of young trees, anytime we lose one of our forest giants that was part of the legacy landscape we inherited and seek to preserve, it stings. Losing a white pine of this size is doubly sad as we don’t have many pines of this size in the entire park, or in the entire city.

Our Horticulture Team will be working on a plan to replace this tree later in the fall during the tree planting season. In the interim, we’ll miss this great tree, but celebrate the shade and habitat it provided to many during its long life.

About the Author

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Scott Martin

Scott served as the Parks Director for The Parklands of Floyds Fork from 2010 to 2017. Tasked with operating the park, Scott served as member of the leadership team that sought to reapply the metropolitan planning and development lessons of Fredrick Law Olmsted in the new century with the wrinkle of the new model being a private/public partnership. Scott joined The Parklands team in 2010 after serving eight years as the Director of Commerce & Leisure Services in Franklin County, VA. In this capacity, he was part of the County’s leadership team overseeing economic development, parks & recreation, tourism, and pilot open space conservation programs. Prior to Franklin County, Scott spent five years working for the Boise (Idaho) Parks and Recreation Department as the Coordinator of Partnerships during which time he provided staff support and conservation planning for the successful $10 million Foothills Open Space Serial Levy campaign that has preserved over 9,000 acres of land to date. Scott holds a MPA (Natural Resource and Environmental Policy with honors) and BA (Political Science) from Boise State University. Scott and his wife spend their free time kayaking, camping, and hiking.

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