November 9, 2010
Contact: Lindsley Smith
GREENStreets of Fayetteville: 240 Trees To Be Planted Along City Streets
Beginning on November 11th, 240 trees will start appearing along certain streets in Fayetteville. This is part of the city’s GREENStreets initiative to plant trees along city streets. As these trees mature they will reduce stormwater peak flows, reduce air pollution, reduce temperatures in the area, increase oxygen supply, increase property values, provide wildlife habitat, and beautify the neighborhoods.
Fayetteville’s Unified Development Code, Chapter 167, Tree Preservation and Protection ordinance requires developers to replace trees that were removed during the construction projects. When replacement (mitigation) trees are required, the developer must plant them 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 with the City the amount equal to the cost of purchasing and installing the trees. This money is placed into an escrow account that is used to plant trees in the project’s rights-of-way or other area as designated by the ordinance.
Nine residential developments were constructed in 2004 and were required to plant mitigation trees. These developments utilized the option to pay into the tree escrow fund. Planting locations include:
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
The trees will be planted by All Around Landscaping, Inc. of Springdale. Tree species will be primarily native to northwest Arkansas such as Shumard oaks, bur oaks, water oaks, red maples, shortleaf pines, shagbark hickories, sweetgums, eastern redbuds, and white-flowering dogwoods. Other trees native to Arkansas such as southern magnolia, loblolly pine, willow oak, and Kentucky coffeetree will also be planted. Work is scheduled be complete by December 22nd.