I live on Elm Street, its name after the abundancies of elm trees you can find on my street. It used to be elm trees as far as the eye can see. I have seen pictures of my street before they started building on it, it is beautiful. The forestry was amazing. Even now along the street are line with elm trees. My street look like those streets you see in the movies, tree lined streets with gorgeous Tudor style houses. Luscious green grass that looks like a thick, plush rugs. It is nice.
What I love most about our street and the trees that aligned is watching their leaves change colors when the season changes. Their brilliant colors is enough to take your breath away. Listening to the rustling of the leaves during a warm summer breeze, when I am relaxing underneath their shade. On the other hand, the taking shelter during a warm summer rain. It is magical.
A few months ago there was a tree cutting accident. Someone was pruning the trees, on Oak Boulevard, closest to the street and miscalculated its fall direction. The tree Oak tree fell into the street unto a fire hydrant. This closed the street down for a few days. Until a tree, Service Company came out and took care of the tree that laid across the street. They residents were lucky that no one was hurt and there were really only minor damages done.
Last month in our city council decided to address every street that are lined with trees. That means that Oak Boulevard, Maple Drive, Birch Street, and my beloved Elm Street will be trimmed, prune, and in some cases cut down. When those that live in the city found out that, the city council has plans on felling fifteen hundred trees throughout the entire city, the people living in my city, including myself, started to organize. Requesting that the city try to reduce the number of tree that are to be cut down. Understanding that yes, some trees need to be taken care of, I mean tree care is important, but is felling necessary in every instance.
This little conflict between the council and the ones that elected them brought it into reality how our trees are in peril. With the many different disease and insurance claims, many sites are opting to remove the problem by removing the trees. This is a cheaper and quicker resolution than taken care of the trees and maintaining routine tree trimming and pruning. Especially considering the economy, we are currently living in. It has really affected the finances of most cities across the country and they are trying every way known to man to reduce cost and save some cash.
After some campaigning and discussing, everyone was able to come to an agreement. Something that will see the cites thousands of dollars and allow our streets to keep their charm and pleasing appearance. I do not think the city council did not realize how much those trees meant to people. That in many cases they were the deciding factor that caused many people to choose to live in our city instead of somewhere else that may have less expensive but less cute.