Tree Thoughts: Part III

This week I had my first encounter with the difficulties of tree preservation in South Boston. It began last Friday when I was contacted by a resident concerned about a tree removal on East 4th Street. The tree in question was not diseased or in any way unhealthy, it was, however, in the way of a proposed development project.


With the tree hearing already a few days past, I organized a petition and encouraged residents to contact the parks and recreation department to voice their opposition.


Less than 72 hours into the start of our opposition effort, the tree was felled. I hope the haste with which the tree was felled was not as a result of  growing opposition but a decision made to benefit the greater welfare and environment of the surrounding community.


Though an unfortunate event, I hope this is can be used as an opportunity to strengthen community ties to green space issues as well as be a launching point for dialogue with the city of boston on tree removal policy.


If you are interested in learning more I encourage you to attend the next Planet Southie meeting where we will be discussing green space issues and more on August 22nd from 6:30-7:30pm at The Distillery, 516 E 2nd Street, South Boston. You can find out more at Planet Southie’s website here.


Your Southie Trees Program Coordinator,

Devon Grodkiewicz



One Comment

  1. Greening Boston must engage all city agencies. Greenovate Boston just launched an adopt-a-tree program. If this tree had been adopted, would the adoptive parent have been notified that it was to be cut down?

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