FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 11, 2022
Contact: John Scott
Parks and Recreation
Tree removals around Fayetteville Downtown Square
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville Parks Department’s Urban Forestry Division will be removing seven diseased and dying trees in and around Fayetteville’s Downtown Square over the next few weeks.
Two significant or notable trees are being removed. One is a large crepe myrtle that was severely damaged from a very late freeze in Spring 2021. The second is a large maple tree on the west side of the square that has major damage on its upper limbs and has outgrown the space.
Others slated for removal are smaller and have severe trunk damage that ultimately will cause them to die.
Trees in dense urban environments are often the only natural vegetative element in a space, making them important as they provide relief from heat island impacts, remove pollutants from the air, provide wildlife habitat and provide oxygen. Tree wells offer limited space for roots and access to nutrients and water, making them difficult spaces for growing trees. Urban Forestry uses the latest information and research when considering the growing medium and species selection of trees in tree wells.
The trees being removed will be replaced with other appropriate native species selected by the City’s horticulture staff to work with the overall design of the square garden. Staff will work to make sure tree wells have the latest growth medium for improved tree health and longer life expectancy.
For more information about the City of Fayetteville’s Urban Forestry work, please go to: https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/339/Urban-Forestry.