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Plan to remove trees on Seminary Avenue meeting resistance from neighbors

The city has a plan to remove 48 trees from 2 blocks of Seminary.

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According to an article by RTD this morning the city is taking a step back. Deputy Director of Operations for the Department of Public Works, Bobby Vincent had the following to say.

“I’m certainly not a tree dictator,” Vincent said. “What we will do is have a separate arborist come out, analyze those trees that are still remaining, then we’ll have another meeting with you all and share that information.”

The Wednesday meeting mentioned below will go on as scheduled.

Originally posted August 5th, 2016:

The city has a plan to remove 48 trees from 2 blocks of Seminary. In an urban environment that’s a mini-forest so it’s not surprising that folks that enjoy those trees are up in arms.

The city says the trees suffered too much damage from the storms back in June. Neighbors disagree and have hired their own arborist to provide a second opinion.

Ned Oliver of RTD has the details on the trees that have stirred up some very strong feelings.

“We’re going to tie ourselves to these trees if we have to,” said Susan Hefty, who described chasing off 10 trucks from a tree removal company hired by the city when they arrived earlier this week.

Councilman Chris A. Hilbert has gotten involved and set tow meetings about trees in his district. Seminary Avenue area will be discussed on Monday, 6 PM and Washington Park/Bellevue will be discussed Wednesday at 6 PM. Both meetings will be held at Linwood Holton Elementary School (1600 W Laburnum Avenue).

Since we’re on the subject of trees this is a good time to mention the Richmond Tree Stewards. The Tree Stewards are trained volunteer who have taken on the task of caring for our urban canopy. Their website is a great resource and definitely worth checking out periodically for classes, tree give aways,  and advice.

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