The last newsletter reported that KP-SHA had been talking with the City of Knoxville’s arborist to identify locations where trees could be planted to replace the canopy cover lost in recent years due to storms, insects, vines and other reasons. The hope is to restore 60 trees over the next five years. After the newsletter went out, several people in the neighborhood made recommendations and some expressed concerns. Each of these comments was shared with the city’s arborist as we made final plans for the first stage of trees.
Originally, we had thought there would be a significant cost in planting each tree. During this first round of planting, however, the following trees will be placed on property currently maintained by the city, and the city has pre-negotiated purchasing commitments with local suppliers. The city has therefore agreed to install the first round of trees at the city’s expense. This is obviously welcome news, considering all the neighborhood association funds used in zoning conflicts earlier this year.
At some point in the next few months, the following trees listed below will be planted in the following locations:
· Two Paperbark Maples on the island at the intersection of West and East Nokomis.
· One Southern Magnolia in front of the library. This will be placed in the location where a stump currently exists.
· Five trees (probably four Red Maples and one Southern Magnolia) along Southgate between the library and elementary school
Please contact Chris Austin if you have any comments or questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).