Crews worked all day Tuesday to remove 18 red oak trees from the Glen Oaks neighborhood in Glenville.
The trees had to be removed after two trees in Terry Phillips' backyard at 3 Somerset Lane tested positive for the oak wilt fungus in October. The other 16 trees, all within a 150-foot radius of the infected trees, were being removed to prevent the spread of the deadly fungus through root grafts, said Dan Gaidasz , senior forester for the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Gaidasz said all 18 trees would be cut down today in the area that includes four properties.
Tomorrow, crews will turn the removed tree bits into wood chips and clean branches from the yards.
They will treat the tree stumps with a pesticide before removing about half of the stumps -- those on the lawns of Glen Oaks residents, Gaidasz said.
The work is being done by Downes Tree Service of Hawthorne, New Jersey.
The DEC paid the company $55,000 to complete the work, Gaidasz said.