Tree removal at Kinns Road Park begins

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BOCES students, led by Dennis Flynn, began removing dead and dying trees from Kinns Road Park Friday, March 4. The tree removal was expected to begin in February but inclement weather delayed the process.Provided photo. BOCES students, led by Dennis Flynn, began removing dead and dying trees from Kinns Road Park Friday, March 4. The tree removal was expected to begin in February but inclement weather delayed the process.

By Cady Kuzmich
Gazette Reporter

Clifton Park — About 10 BOCES Forestry program students, led by BOCES Forestry instructor, Dennis Flynn, began removing dead and dying trees in Kinns Road Park today.

The process focused on the area surrounding the parking lot, and is expected to take a few weeks. The crew will return Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week, according to Clifton Park Town Supervisor, Phil Barrett. Inclement weather has delayed the start-date until now.

Town of Clifton Park Director of Communications and Technology, Dahn Bull said the collaboration with the BOCES program is a “great symbiotic relationship.” He explained, “Students throughout the County get a chance to learn the trade of forestry and the town is offering a cost-free location for them to practice. It also helps to eliminate the costs associated with the removal of dead trees.”

Bull said, “While we were there they dropped a few trees and cut them up into sections, and cleaned them up at an impressive pace.”

While he noted the process could take a few weeks, Bull said “the good news is the parking lot is only going to be closed when they are working. So a day or two a week it will be closed for about three hours and then the park reopens.”