Heritage Mall tree verdict: It will live

The landmark white oak at Heritage Mall, about 300 years old, is in good health despite a severe pruning early in September, an arborist has told the mall management.

General Manager Donna R. Green said today a certified arborist from Lake Oswego examined the tree on Sept. 27 and informed her that the tree will live.

“Steve F. Goetz gave me a verbal opinion when he came to look at the tree,” she wrote in an e-mail to the Democrat-Herald. “He will be providing us with a management plan to help the tree grow, not die, and to fertilize it along with other steps we can take to protect the tree.”

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