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Vail to replace Checkpoint Charlie spruce tree

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – A familiar landmark in Vail Village is coming down next week when a 40-foot tall spruce tree next to Checkpoint Charlie on Gore Creek Drive is removed and replaced.

The spruce, which has anchored the southwest entry to the Village with its Christmas lights, has been in poor condition for several years, says Gregg Barrie, the town’s landscape architect.

The approximately 40-year-old tree has overgrown its planter. The tree became stressed and then diseased with pine needle scale. The town has been consulting with an arborist for several years but has not been able to pull the tree out of decline.

A 30-foot spruce donated by Vail Resorts Development Company is scheduled to be removed as part of the First Chair employee housing development in Lionshead and will be replanted at Checkpoint Charlie.

Work will start at 7 a.m., Tuesday. A bench will be made out of the old tree and placed at Checkpoint Charlie.

For more information, contact Barrie at 970-479-2337.

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