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Removal of damaged Olde Town trees begins


Monday, March 26, 2012 1:49 PM
Last updated Tuesday, March 27, 2012 1:57 AM
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The removal of dozens of damaged trees in Olde Town began Monday, and some residents were happy to see it.

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Workers from Southern Arbor Tree Care spent Monday removing dead trees near Olde Town.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
Workers from Southern Arbor Tree Care spent Monday removing dead trees near Olde Town.

“It seems like every storm we had, there were trees falling,” Olde Town Neighborhood Association President Rick Keuroglian said.

About 60 trees along Broad Street in Olde Town were marked with a large white X’s late last year for removal after being identified as rotting or having weak limbs that could cause property damage.

For the most part, Keuroglian said, residents are satisfied with the decision to remove the trees; however, some have brought up concerns that the wrong trees are being cut down, he said.

Since the trees were marked several months ago, storms have blown down rotting trees that had been overlooked, Keuroglian said. Then again, there are trees that were marked as being dangerous that appeared healthy when crews cut into them.

Keuroglian said some residents feel the large X’s are unattractive and have encouraged graffiti in the historic neighborhood. Sam Simpkins, of the Augusta Tree Commission, said he did not know how long removing the trees will take.

One issue that has been addressed is replacing the trees. After the marking, some residents approached city leaders after learning there was no replacement process.

“It caused a major uproar,” Keuroglian said.

After resources were identified that would assist with the replacement, members of Olde Town and crews from Parks and Recreation began replanting.

So far, about 40 trees have been replanted. Simpkins estimates the cost around $500 per tree.

“They probably won’t be planting any more this year,” Simpkins said. “It’s getting too late to plant but we’ll plant some more next fall.”

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raul 03/26/12 - 05:06 pm
Well, I hope that a certified

Well, I hope that a certified arborist made the determination on which trees needed to come down?

cytoranger 03/27/12 - 09:01 am
Sad I remember when they took

Sad I remember when they took out 3 huge ancient oaks off mcgs campus where I work. I had spent many a lunch break enjoying them. love old oaks and the majestic stance they display.

Fundamental_Arminian 03/27/12 - 11:21 am
It's sad to see these old

It's sad to see these old oaks go, but the fallen ones I've seen were hollow and rotten inside. Others must be old and dangerous. If we had replanted along the way, losing these oaks might not be so painful.

Frank I
Frank I 03/27/12 - 11:59 pm
Ironic they've been marked

Ironic they've been marked for a year and suddenly the removal begins just before Masters week.. or not really..

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