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Fernside trees candidates for removal

Submitted by on 1, April 8, 2009 – 6:45 amNo Comment

20About a week ago a tipster contacted The Island to let me know they’d seen signs posted on some of the trees lining Fernside Avenue which said the trees could be cut down as part of a repaving project along a .35-mile stretch between High and Thompson streets. So I checked it out. And it turns out the project may be in a bit of a holding pattern.

City staffers had hoped to get federal funds to do the work, but the state – which is handing out the money – nixed the Fernside project because it is in an “historic tree corridor,” per Deputy City Manager Lisa Goldman.

Goldman said the city hopes to move forward on the project – which actually includes replacing the sewer main underneath the easterly sidewalk – on our own dime in the future, though no dates have been set. She said the postings are on trees that are candidates for removal, based on need. Per Goldman:

We will do all we can to preserve these trees and will be working closely with an arborist to advise on pruning the tree roots so they can remain.  However, if the size of roots are too large, it will not be possible to prune the roots and keep the tree.  In this instance the tree would be removed and a replacement  tree planted close by.  We post all candidate trees prior to knowing which trees, if any, will be removed so that any protests can be resolved prior to going to construction.

The gal who does the Alamedalorax blog has got a big post on the Fernside trees, here.

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