Roseburg, OR -

Roseburg National Cemetery director Ted Travers says steps are being taken to satisfy complaints from veterans and others about the new addition that opened in February.

The burial grounds have been marred by 40 dead trees and roughly 500 square feet of brown grass. The dying grass appeared near the columbarium, where cremated remains are inurned.

Travers says more irrigation will be added to improve the grass and the withered trees will be replaced.

Joyce Smith told the Roseburg News-Review she was thrilled with the cemetery's appearance when it opened, but her opinion changed as the grass browned.

Smith said her late mother, World War II veteran Betty Smith, would be "enraged" if she could see how the cemetery has looked this summer.