Emergency removal of sycamore tree along Jackson Street in historic pasture area due to hollow trunk
Eric Turner, 217-391-3230
An approximately 75-year old sycamore tree along the verge between the sidewalk and street on the north side of Jackson Street developed a crack in a large limb that was removed for safety in November 2017. The tree is in the half-block east behind the Lincoln Home. In removing the limb, a large hollow spot was uncovered in the crook of the limb into the trunk. A certified arborist viewed the tree and determined that the hollow continues at least 3-4' into the trunk, nearly to the base and is a large cavity. His recommendation is to cut the tree down before it falls down and potentially causes harm to visitors and staff. The tree will be cut down to the ground and the root ground out. The tree is located behind the Lincoln Home in an area of open space called the "historic pasture" but is not within the historic zone. At this point, the tree will not be replaced. The area was not surveyed in the park's Cultural Landscape Plan (2014) because it is outside the historic zone, so it will be up to the park's discretion to replant or not.