Schools are facing a variety of safety concerns these days, but the Teton County School District in Jackson is addressing an old-fashioned threat this week.
The district has decided to remove 26 trees near Jackson Hole High School and Colter Elementary School in the name of student, staff, and visitor safety.
Officials said many cottonwood trees have fallen near Teton County schools. Five trees came down in just the last month.
After a July 28 wind event, the district’s facilities department consulted with an arborist to evaluate the condition of trees located on district property that could pose a problem. As a result, 22 trees near JHHS and four near Colter Elementary will be removed.
A replacement plan is being established to plant new aspen or ash trees in the coming weeks.