Kirby tree fight heating up

June 20, 2008 2:50:45 PM PDT
An ongoing struggle over the future of more than one hundred trees along upper Kirby is heating up. The city plans to remove trees in the upper Kirby district along Kirby from Richmond to Westheimer. The group Trees for Houston has put red Xs on the trees scheduled for removal in the upcoming construction project. The project will improve drainage and widen the street.

The district says it will plant more than 140 new trees.

"The 148 large new trees will be maintained, fed and watered by the upper Kirby management district," said William Coats with Trees For Houston. "We, the citizens, will pay for taking the trees down and will pay for planting the new little trees and won't really be of much use for shade for ten or fifteen more years."

The district says 87 percent of landowners along that section of Kirby have written letters of approval for the construction plan.

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