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,