Chambers Bay tree needs help, expert says


Posted on Political Buzz at 5:19 p.m. Friday An arborist delivered a mixed report Friday on Chambers Bay Golf Course’s ailing Douglas fir.

According to arborist Rob Lloyd, the iconic tree – attacked with an ax earlier this week – has an 18-inch-long wound that cuts about 8 inches deep. Lloyd recommends placing two steel straps over the damaged area and filling the wound with an epoxy putty. The work will be done today.

But the tree has other issues that may determine whether it survives, Lloyd said.

“If this tree were in good condition, I do not believe it would have much difficulty in overcoming this injury, however, the tree has already been stressed for some time,” he wrote in his report to the manager of the Pierce County-owned golf course.

He noted the tree “is yellowing, and has a stressed cone crop typically symbolic of decline of root tissue. The composition of the soil is mostly sand, with no organic content.”

His advice: Implement a plant-care program that includes mulching, fertilizing and a minor reduction in the fill materials near the base of the tree.

Meanwhile, University Place police continue to investigate the vandalism, which occurred late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer said police were pursuing several leads generated from tips to Crime Stoppers. The organization is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and charges against those responsible for the vandalism.

To provide information, call 253-591-5959. Callers will remain anonymous.

David Wickert: 253-274-7341