From the outside, it seems just like any other day for Barbara Huser as she walks her dogs through her North Loveland neighborhood. However, today feels a little different, she said.
As she walks past the big cottonwood tree at the intersection of 33rd St. and North Monroe Avenue, she looks at the tree a little longer than usual.
"I was wondering when I walked today, I said, 'Oh, the tree's not going to be there tomorrow,'" Huser said. "That's sad."
The cottonwood is more than a hundred years old and is only around today because of people who live near it who had a deep love for the tree in the early 90s. That's when the City of Loveland wanted to take it and other cottonwoods down to make way for an extension of North Monroe Ave. Neighbors rallied and, with enough signatures on a petition, saved the tree.
This time around is different. Rather than to make way for development, the tree is being removed because it's now considered a safety threat.
"The large portion is definitely hollow in there, so there is rotting that's occurring inside the base of the tree," Jodi Lessman, the technical specialist for the City's Public Works Department, said. "It's weak. The structure of it has been compromised."
City staff and certified arborists have been monitoring the tree over the last several years, the city posted on its Facebook page.
"They have determined that the health of the tree has deteriorated to the point where it now poses a safety threat to neighboring residents who have already experienced large branches and sections of bark coming off in recent windstorms," the post reads.
The tree is scheduled for removal Wednesday and Thursday, which includes grinding down the stump, adding new mulch and safety signage to the median the cottonwood now sits on.
The city won't be replacing the tree because there aren't irrigation lines to tap into for a water source, Lessman said.