Drought and lack of water leads to tree deaths in downtown Quincy

Quincy Tree Commission to make sure downtown trees are taken care of better.

The drought this past summer was not only hard on us. It was also hard on trees around the city.

That was especially true for the ones in Quincy's downtown area, says Anne St. John the chairman of the

Quincy Tree Commission


"Last year we lost a number of trees in the downtown area," St. John said. "And they were not being watered by anybody. And everybody kind of assumed that everybody else was doing it. I think we have to have a clear picture of how we're gonna do that. Because we don't want to put money into trees and watch them die."

She says that the city lost 18 trees because of the extreme heat and drought conditions.

Watering is especially important in the downtown area.

"You have a lot of cement and you have reflection from the buildings that make it a lot harder for them and they just burn up," St. John said. "So they really need a lot, a lot of water under those circumstances."

Another problem for the trees is the wind.

"Oh it's amazing. It just pulls the moisture out of those leaves, just dehydrates them," Bob Terstriep of

Terstriep Tree Service


"When you've got the drought that we've dealt with in the past year, year and a half, and too little rain and the wind just dehydrates these trees so quickly," Terstriep said. "And the young ones, it's so important because they're just not accustomed to that yet."

Anne St. John says that the Quincy Tree Commission will make sure that these trees are better cared for in the future.