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Our home is located at the end of a long driveway that winds through the woods. The trees there are beautiful. the “the other side of the coin” it is necessary to maintain them.

Trees, like everything else, have a life cycle that goes from birth to death, from new to old. Unlike a car which can wear out in 10 to 20 years, trees can live 80 or 100 years or more. However, the older they get, the more maintenance they require (like branch pruning). Eventually, they will need to be replaced when they die.

When I was involved in the planning of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, I spent a lot of time with the landscape architect on what I would call “tree problems”. Much of the discussion focused on the “Stroll in the elms” which borders both sides of the reflecting pool, then wraps around and embraces both sides of the memorial and the reconstructed Rainbow Pool. It is one of the busiest pedestrian thoroughfares in the country.

This space, this walk from the Lincoln Memorial east to the Washington Monument and around the National World War II Memorial, would be a fraction of what it is without the elms.

When planning the memorial, we had to have a plan for replacing the trees.

Years before a shovel full of dirt was turned to build the memorial, a plan was in place to replace elm trees that were to die of old age, disease or construction-related issues. We actually purchased disease resistant young elm trees from a nursery in New Jersey before construction realizing that later they were going to be needed to replace old or damaged trees there on the National Mall.

It may have been inevitable, but, with that in mind, I found it rather sad that all the trees on West Third Street fell at once. This street was always so beautiful to drive because of the trees. Now it almost looks like a barren desert. Could the trees have been gradually replaced over time, as the National Park Service in Washington does?

I don’t want to stress the point or point fingers, but I think something as important as a tree-lined street should be put higher on the list of priorities when local governments make decisions, especially particularly where the construction of new streets is involved.

With that in mind, I hope there is a “tree plan” for the new Washington Street under construction between Sixth Street and Fluvanna Avenue. I know there are a lot of “hard landscape”on this stretch of road, but even in places like parking lots, it is possible to make room for planting a tree. Wouldn’t it be great if, 20 years from now, people entering the city of Jamestown from the Strunk Road intersection of the freeway going downtown to the National Comedy Center could walk down a beautiful tree-lined street?

For this to happen, not only will trees need to be planted, but an ongoing replacement plan will need to be followed as trees become damaged or diseased – new trees replacing old ones as the need arises. makes you feel.

If the state DOT does not have such a plan, hopefully the city itself will undertake the effort.

Rolland Kidder is a resident of Stow.



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