By Associated Press - Saturday, April 23, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Casper officials are trying to decide what to do with an estimated 40,000 trees that are dead or dying, and they want to make sure tree-cutting is done right.

City officials said about 8,000 of the trees are large enough to pose a danger if they fall.

The city is considering tough licensing for tree-cutters, making it more difficult for unlicensed workers and firms to offer tree-cutting services.

Applicants would have to either pass a parks division test or be certified by the International Society of Arboriculture to be licensed in Casper. It would only apply to people who are hired to cut down trees.

The city council delayed action on the proposal, saying more study is needed.



State Rep. Bunky Loucks said he is concerned that he wouldn’t be able to cut down trees on property he owned or help others cut down trees. Loucks said he was assured it would only apply to people who are paid to perform those services.

The proposed ordinance would have made it more difficult for unlicensed workers and firms to offer tree-cutting services, the Casper Star-Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/1WHI4Z0 ).

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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