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Jan. 18, 2011 at 6:47am

Center Street Trees Chopped

As I drove on Center Street last week by the little embankment below the Tacoma Goodwill's HQ I noticed a crew out sawing down fir trees that lined the road there. Those that were not already cut to the ground were marked with yellow ribbons and, by the next day, completely gone.

I hope there was good reason to do with slope stability or parking lot security or something for chopping these seemingly healthy trees down. At the very least, whether city or Goodwill mandated, I hope they replace each and every one of them in seedling form somewhere else appropriate within our city limits.

comments [9]  |  posted under fir, goodwill, tacoma, trees

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by narndt on 1/18/2011 @ 8:33am
Looks safety related to me, judging by the braces. Maybe with all the rain they were getting a little sketchy. These are Asplundh trucks, and they have the contract with the City to maintain treelines on Tacoma streets, so the Goodwill probably didn't have anything to do with it.

On a side note, my brother is an arborist. You wouldn't believe how many people stop and wish him mangled/dead when he's working on a tree in Tacoma. It's almost always for safety, people! As much as it sucks, sometimes it's better for the tree to come down and not smoosh someone :)

Thanks for the pictures, KF.

by NineInchNachos on 1/18/2011 @ 8:43am
maybe they were sold off for timber. City Budget is getting low.

by The Jinxmedic on 1/18/2011 @ 8:47am
The Luzon came down "for safety", also.

by narndt on 1/18/2011 @ 9:10am
@NIN I wonder how much the City could get for scrapping the Glass Bridge Gate? Haha.

by seejane on 1/18/2011 @ 10:11am
NIN... those trees are "pecker poles" not very valuable as timber!

by The Jinxmedic on 1/18/2011 @ 11:14am
Hmmm... ...tell the midnight scavengers that the Bridge of Glass fence is made from pure copper, painted to look like iron. It will be gone the next day.

by KevinFreitas on 1/18/2011 @ 11:59am
@narndt -- Thx for the perspective, definitely! The size of the trees probably combined with the stability of the slope could easily make safety an issue. My biggest hope out of this is that more appropriate trees be planted in that spot and/or replacement trees be planted somewhere in a local park or streetscape or something.

@seejane -- Hehe, "pecker poles". Awesome term.

by TacomaGoodwill on 1/19/2011 @ 1:51pm
As you surmised, the work is safety related with replanting to follow this spring. A storm late last year dropped one tree across Center Street with a second tree dropping a few weeks later (and also blocking Center Street) in another storm. Working with the city, Tacoma Goodwill removed about a dozen trees and left what we could - seven to eight ornamental cedars and small firs. According to our senior-level directors, our plan is to replant this spring with ornamental foliage trees - likely not firs. The damage did push ahead our plans to work on the wood retaining wall - installed in the 1950s and damaged in the storm. Initial plans call for evening out the hillside to avoid potential safety hazards of slides with the amount of rain we've had. Feel free to contact me at 253.573.6677 or merlich@tacomagoodwill.org if you have questions about Goodwill-related topics.
Matthew Erlich, Media Relations/PR Manager, Tacoma Goodwill.

by KevinFreitas on 1/19/2011 @ 10:09pm
Thanks so much for the update! You're certainly good neighbors (just up the hill from my office) and thanks for chiming in. Look forward to see what you put in!

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