Longview, TX —
The City of Longview announces that Grace Hill Cemetery will be temporarily closed to visitors to allow for tree maintenance throughout the property. Several oak trees in the cemetery are suffering from hypoxylon, which is a fungus that causes cankers and death of oak and other hardwood trees. The tree maintenance and removal work is expected to occur for several weeks during February and March. As part of the project, the City plans to plant two new trees in various locations for each tree that is removed. Grace Hill Cemetery is located at 601 W. Marshall Ave.
According to Director of Community Services Laura Hill, “the trees were stressed by the drought last year, and they became more susceptible to the fungus. Our goal will be to save as many of the oak trees as possible while still maintaining a safe property.”
According to Daniel Duncum with the Texas Forest Service, “hypoxlyon is common in East Texas and much of the southern United States, especially following a drought.” For more information about hypoxylon or other tree concerns, contact the Longview office of the Texas Forest Service at 903-297-4968.
For more information about the City of Longview, visit LongviewTexas.gov.
From: City of Longview