City to plant 240 street-side trees this fall

Depending on where you live, you might notice a few new trees along certain streets in Fayetteville.

The city’s GREENStreets initiative calls for 240 trees to be planted beginning Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010.

City code requires developers to replace trees that were removed during construction projects. Developers must plant them prior to receiving final plat approval or a certificate of occupancy, depending on the type of project.

When trees can’t be planted in the timeframe required, the developer is allowed to plant mitigation trees on other property owned by them or deposit the amount equal to the cost of purchasing and installing the trees. This money is placed into an escrow account that is used to plant trees in the project’s rights-of-way or other designated areas.

Nine residential developments were constructed in 2004 and were required to plant mitigation trees. These developments utilized the option to pay into the tree escrow fund.

Planting locations include:

  • Benton Ridge Subdivision – Turtle Creek Dr. and the adjacent Tree Preservation Areas (6 trees)
  • Center Street Triplex – Graham Ave. (3 trees)
  • Crafton Manor Subdivision – Hatterly Lane, Drakestone St. and Kenswick Ave. (38 trees)
  • Fairfield Subdivision – New Bridge Rd. and Cannondale Dr. (55 trees)
  • Magnolia Place Apartments – Holly St. (4 trees)
  • Jennings Mills Apartments – 7th St. (3 trees)
  • Salem Meadows Subdivision – Downs Ave. and Marsh St. (18 trees)
  • Skylar Place Subdivision – Skylar Dr., Evening Shade Dr. and Willowbrook Dr. (103 trees)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Mashburn Ave. (10 trees)

Tree species will be primarily native to Northwest Arkansas and will include Shumard oaks, bur oaks, water oaks, red maples, shortleaf pines, shagbark hickories, sweetgums, eastern redbuds, and white-flowering dogwoods. Other trees native to Arkansas such as southern magnolia, loblolly pine, willow oak, and Kentucky coffeetree will also be planted.

Planting is scheduled be complete by December 22, 2010.