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Keepers of the canopy

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Jennifer Harris from GreenLife Tree Care points out her next cut on an American elm tree at South Park Cemetery on Friday morning. Harris and her partner Jason Smith, who are certified arborists with the International Society of Arborists, were trimming the 100-year-old tree to reduce the dead weight of limbs in case of strong winds and snow, as well as inspecting its canopy for additional decay. Cemetery Superintendent Ruben Esquivel said the cemetery has about 2,000 trees and has faced “very little damage,” only losing five or six in mid-March. As self-professed “keepers of the canopy,” Smith and Harris stressed hiring educated and safe tree companies to preserve trees properly. (Alison Penn Photo)