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Tree Planting Projects: 2010
Ice Storm Damage Grant
The City of Fayetteville Urban Forestry Division secured an $80,000 grant from the Arkansas Forestry Commission that is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. This grant is broken into two parts. A portion of the money was used to conduct a sample street tree inventory which was performed by an outside consultant hired by the Arkansas Forestry Commission. The second part of the grant includes $60,000 to plant approximately 230 trees along streets or in parks to replace trees lost in the 2009 ice storm. Street trees were planted by the City’s Urban Forestry Services crew. Park trees were planted by a private contractor.
Approximately 230 trees have been planted in nine parks including Bryce Davis, Gulley, Wilson, Walker, Harmony Pointe, Red Oak, David Lashley, North Shore and Finger and along Scull and Mud Creek trails. Trees have been strategically placed to provide shade for trails, pavilions, playgrounds and other amenities. The species are primarily native to northwest Arkansas such as Shumard oaks, sugar maples, red maples, shortleaf pine, white-flowering dogwoods and eastern redbuds. Other trees native to Arkansas such as southern magnolia and loblolly pine were also planted.
Tree Escrow Fund Tree Plantings
The city’s Unified Development Code, Chapter 167: Tree Preservation and Protection requires developers to replace trees removed below the required percentage on their construction projects. When replacement (mitigation) trees are required they must be planted prior to receiving final plat approval or a certificate of occupancy depending on the type of project. When trees can’t be planted in the timeframe required, the developer may be allowed to plant mitigation trees on other property owned by them or deposit, the amount equal to the cost of purchasing and installing the trees with the City. These funds are placed into an escrow account which is used to plant trees in the project’s rights-of-way after the project is built out. If it is not feasible to plant the trees in the subdivision, they may be planted in other areas as designated by Chapter 167.
Nine residential developments were constructed in 2004 requiring mitigation trees. These developments utilized the option to pay into the tree escrow fund. Approximately 240 trees have been planted in the following nine residential locations:
Benton Ridge Subdivision – Turtle Creek Dr. and the adjacent Tree Preservation Areas; 6 trees
Center Street Triplex – Graham Ave.; 3 trees
Crafton Manor Subdivision – Hatterly Lane, Drakestone St. and Kenswick Ave; 38 trees
Fairfield Subdivision – New Bridge Rd. and Cannondale Dr.; 55 trees
Magnolia Place Apartments – Holly St.; 4 trees
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (6th St.) and Mashburn Ave.; 10 trees
Jennings Mills Apartments – 7th St.; 3 trees
Salem Meadows Subdivision – Downs Ave. and Marsh St.; 18 trees
Skylar Place Subdivision – Skylar Dr., Evening Shade Dr. and Willowbrook Dr.; 103 trees
Tree species are primarily native to northwest Arkansas such as Shumard oaks, bur oaks, water oaks, red maples, shortleaf pines, sweetgums, Kentucky coffeetrees, eastern redbuds, and white-flowering dogwoods. Other trees native to Arkansas such as southern magnolia, loblolly pine, and willow oak are also being planted.
Other 2010 tree planting projects include:
8 replacement trees were planted along Gregg Ave. from Shiloh to just north of Van Asche.
57 trees along N. Berkleigh Dr. and W. Morning Mist Dr. in Clabber Creek Phase II Subdivision.
54 trees planted on Block Ave. between Dickson St. and Center St. as part of the street improvements
15 replacement trees were planted along College Ave.
10 trees were planted in Doc Mashburn Park.