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Crews start removing Magnolia tree in Monterey Square

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The landscape of one of Savannah's historic squares is changing.

The Southern Magnolia that stands southeast of the Pulaski Monument is being removed because of decay. City officials worry that the tree could fall and damage the monument that recently underwent restoration. The tree's age will be determined once its rings are visible.

"The tree has a substantial amount of decay in the lower truck and the root flares," said Bill Haws, Urban Forestry Management. "We realize it is a controversial thing we are doing for the sake of public safety and preservation of the Pulaski Monument. We felt it was most prudent to remove the tree before a catastrophic failure."

The tree removal will take a few days.

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