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Officials disagree about cutting down trees at the Augusta Common

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Augusta Tree Commission Chairman LeRoy Simkins has been almost apoplectic since hearing that some city officials want to cut down the trees at the Common like they did a few years ago around the James Brown statue.

“They want to cut down 14 big oak trees down each side of the Common, yhe only th...

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  1. from a visual standpoint! How about from a no place to retreat from the hot sun point. It appears that Frantom would rather look at the sides of the buildings? What does that say about him? It’s called a green space for a reason.

  2. Proposal to remove trees at the Commons is a horrible idea but, sadly, in keeping with the city of Augusta’s overall war on trees. The city discourages the planting of any street trees, even in neighborhoods, despite clear evidence trees raise property values, conserve energy and are rated as one of the most important positive features of urban life. Other cities the size of Augusta that are prospering have a full time arborist and a dedicated urban tree budget. In the meantime Augusta is debating cutting down healthy oak trees in a downtown park. The citizens of Augusta need to also be warned that, as the renovations to Broad street loom, there is talk of removing every single tree along Broad street. Augusta, with government support, is slowly moving toward being a barren urban hellscape with nary a bit of shade in sight for the residents of one of the hottest towns in the SE United States.

  3. Please get more details from Frampton as to why this is necessary. Crazy idea! Trees not only provide shade, native trees provide habitat for the insects that support our ecosystem and food chain. The city should be planting MORE NATIVE TREES!

  4. Please get more details from Frampton as to why this is necessary. Crazy idea! Trees not only provide shade, native trees provide habitat for the insects that support our ecosystem and food chain. The city should be planting MORE NATIVE TREES!

    And leave the trees along Broad St!

  5. After the debacle around the James Brown statue which now has zero visual natural appeal, why in the world would you cut more trees? You just cannot justify any of this madness. Trees contribute not only shade by to the air we breath. How unbelievable this idea is. Please for the love of God defer to Mr. Simkins.

  6. The benefits of trees are well known. Augusta continues to remove trees instead of planting them. There is no longer a tree & landscape department, thus no expertise in tree matters. This is not a recipe for a sustainable, livable future.

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