Street tree pruning project planned in downtown Fayetteville

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A project to help maintain the health of street trees in the downtown Fayetteville area is scheduled to begin this week.

The Fayetteville Urban Forestry Division has contracted Ark-O-Mo Tree for tree pruning services near the downtown square and Dickson Street entertainment districts from March 1 to April 15, according to a news release.

Officials said all pruning will be performed in compliance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) standards.

Trees located on city property and in street right-of-ways will be tagged and then pruned for tree health and for pedestrian and vehicular clearance. Notes about the general health of the trees will be documented and logged, the release stated.

From the Urban Forestry Division:

Street trees are a defining element in creating a sense of place for Fayetteville. Trees provide shade and cool areas during hot summer months. They also beautify streets, increase biodiversity, and assist in stormwater management. Pruning trees in the urban environment is part of continued maintenance and best management practice for urban trees.

Pruning locations include:

  • North College Avenue between Rock Street and Lafayette Street
  • North Block Street between West Dickson Street and West Center Street
  • Mountain Street between North College Avenue and Arkansas Avenue

Drivers should expect temporary lane closures in these areas during the pruning project.