School district removes hazard trees

Several over-mature birch at Raft River Elementary School taken down before the start of school

Groundskeeper Sherry Elliot shows the rotted center of a birch tree that had been located next to the playground at Raft River Elementary School.

Groundskeeper Sherry Elliot shows the rotted center of a birch tree that had been located next to the playground at Raft River Elementary School.

Groundskeeper Sherry Elliot shows the rotted center of a birch tree that had been located next to the playground at Raft River Elementary School. Several of the trees were taken down because their tops were dying or they showed other signs of over-maturity, said Tim Dempster, ground maintenance manager with School District 73. They will be replaced with new trees, possibly while school is in session and students can help out.