What happened to the trees in Cinco Ranch?

KATY More than three dozen apparently large and healthy trees leading up to the subdivision were cut down this week.

Until this week, from all who describe it, there was a canopy of trees along a stretch of Mason Road near Northmoor and now it's all gone. Thirty-seven trees, estimated at 20 years old apiece, have been taken down since Monday.

The directive came from the landscape maintenance committee of homeowners association. The trees that were cut down were all Arizona Ash without a lot of lifespan left. But that doesn't matter to neighbors even though they've been told that eight live oaks will replace what was removed.

"My stomach has been hurting since then," said homeowner Donna Romero. "This is one of the most beautiful places to walk under here. It's very peaceful. It brings peace to you when you drive by on this chaotic Mason Road."

"We tried to look for other alternatives for shaded areas this way," said Chris Brockman with the homeowners association. "Unfortunately, this was an area, knowing that the trees didn't have that much longer of a life span, that now would be the best time to do this."

The replacement trees will be large live oaks, some as tall as 14 feet. That planting should take place on Monday. Even though, some homeowners remain upset.

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