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City officials asking for help in protecting pecan trees in parks

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Debris from the damaged pecan trees can be seen on the grass around a tree at Cahoon Park. (Roswell Daily Record Photo)

Pecan trees in city parks are being damaged by what appear to be people using illegal means to get the pecans from the trees.

The city of Roswell’s Parks and Recreation Department is calling on those responsible to stop the activity and is also asking citizens who see anyone damaging a tree in any way to immediately call police.

While people are allowed to collect pecans that have fallen to the ground at city parks, people should not try to take the nuts still in the trees and should not attempt to knock the pecans or branches down from the trees. This damages the trees and anyone caught causing such damage could potentially be criminally charged.

Some of the latest damage to pecan trees was discovered this week at Cahoon Park, where some trees had numerous branches separated from the trees, with the branches and an abundance of leaves littering the ground below.

Similar damage has been occurring this year at other city parks as well.