2/3 of Park Street Trees rated “Good” or better

A quick post in advance of the City’s Nov. 9th meeting about the Park Street Trees. According to the arborist hired as a part of the creation of the Tree Master Plan, two-thirds of the 21 trees that were removed in the 2nd phase of the Park Street Streetscape project were rated in Good or Excellent shape. According to Public Works, the only trees that are listed below “good” in their system were:

 Central to Encinal West Side-

  • Prunus Caroliniana  —-Poor Condition
  • Ligustrum    —-Very Poor Condition
  • Prunus Carolina  —-Very Poor Condition

Central to Encinal East Side-

  • Ficus Nitide   —-Very poor Condition
  • Prunus caroliniana—Poor Condition

Central to Encinal west Side-

  • Ligustrum    —- Poor Condition
  • Prunus       —–Very poor

Yet more reason that there should have been public discussion of the plan. There was no “Health of trees” issue. The information apparently doesn’t address whether better care could have returned these trees to health, but the numbers certainly suggest that the clear-cutting was more a matter of convenience (to the building of the project, for future maintenance issues, etc) than of necessity.

It’s not too late to join the 374 people who have signed the petition for the trees