Referring to front page article in today’s Reformer 5/15/13 “Clements also said that the plans are only on paper at this time and machinery or changes in drainage could have a further impact on the trees. These two trees will be trashed. I don’t see any other way around it, ” said Clements. The Reformer article neglected to mention one of the trees to be removed as a consequence and unlikely to survive the construction of the proposed skatepark project is the majestic Norway Spruce many have come to identify with Crowell Lot as one of the original estate trees that has up to now survived at least two major hurricanes, Irene most recently, and has often been the center of this contoversy and a primary example of what’s at stake for those wanting to defend the right to preserve the park as a green area and natural tree lined setting void of excess concrete. I think with the town lacking revenue as they do, it is a travesty they are leasing this park for $5.dollars for years to come to a town sanctioned special interest group for their specialized purposes when others would gladly up the anity and raise money just to see the park preserved as a year round open green/snow space everyone can enjoy and presently do while finding a more appropriate and publicly acceptable skatepark location/site where the fate of trees won’t suffer, other uses won’t be as compromised an where attracted crowds of the sport could be better accomodated.
The arborist report conducted by UFS Urban Forestry Solutions in 2011 rated the condition of this particular Norway Spruce to abutt new skateboard park as one of healthy condition in “good condition” at 40.5 in girth DBH and estimated to be 65 ft tall towering over the park it provides shade and defining character to on a daily basis and has earned it established position, respect and admiration among neighbors . There are those whose advantage it is to now state this tree is aging or in decline(aren’t we all), to avoid payment, but to me it isn’t any worse off than any other tree in the park. So is the logic here then by all accounts that the tree warden should therefore downgrade it’s condition to justify it’s removal or is it more the fact of the unfortunate location that is the real issue? Otherwise none of the other trees in the park would be safe with this kind of drastic assessment and we would have to cut them all down using such reasoniig along with the hedge too. More than likely these exisiting trees surrounding the skatepark in themselves, just for being where they are, have become invasive by default, at no fault of their own, to make way for the skateboard project.
It has been argued time and time again right here on ibrattleboro by proponents of the skateboard park at Crowell Park that these trees would not be impacted or harmed even when the construction cut off point is far inside their critcal root zone allowances severs roots as big as 4″ in diameter to their demise weakening stability, drastically reducing critical root zones of elder trees and ablility to absorb essential nutrients, then buries shallow root systems on the backside with the formation of a proposed berm the extent of which is still not fully articulated in the overall park plan or lack of one. Now all that we are left with is a question of whether they represent any value to the public to be monetarily compensated for their loss by elimination dependent on possibly swayed interpretation (not an ISA certified arborist report’s conclusion) the will in the end determine the actual condition of these trees taking the felling ax as another sacrifice to be made allowing the skateboard park to take precedence.