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Tempers flare at special meeting to discuss cutting down trees at Augusta Common

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The Augusta Tree Commission went head-to-head with Planning and Zoning and Parks and Recreation on Friday morning, kickstarting talks about cutting down the trees on either side of the Augusta Common.

“For a city that claims to be a Tree City USA, a ‘Garden City,’ for 250 years, for those who wa...

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  1. So all of the out if town meetings that the commissioners go to to learn things has resulted in the city of Augusta not even knowing sho is in charge of the trees that they spent money to be advised about when they planted them? Could a group of “city leaders” look more incompetent to the public?

  2. The comments from the Trees for Augusta people are very telling????
    Someone needs to root out the “anti tree” sentiment. Trees not only look pretty and provide shade, they are a vital part of a healthy ecosystem.

  3. The trees were not properly prunes from the start. This would have slowed their growth and had the lower limbs at a much higher level. This would have allowed for better vision at events and sufficient sunlight for grass health. But, trees and concrete sidewalks have never worked well together, but this conundrum is ignored by many well-meaning planners and experts on a regular basis!

  4. I was at the meeting. The material produced by the parks and rec dept showed photos of above ground roots, and uplifted sidewalk. I will say that the sidewalk issues shown in the photos seemed rather minor. The issue of roots inhibiting access to underground infrastructure brought up. Yes, trees create problems where they intersect with paved areas but pretty much every great public park has those features. Forsyth Park in Savannah features an open green space surrounded by trees. As does Piedmont Park in Atlanta. As does Central Park in NYC. As does numerous parks all across America. The trees in Savannah and Atlanta have roots and their streets have underground utilities as well. Those cities and thousands of others across America annually spend budgeted monies to make the intersection of Trees and urban areas work. They think it’s worth it. The message from the the meeting was that at least some areas of our local government might believe otherwise.

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