11 Responses to “Save the Tree”

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  1. Ray G

    I live at the Madrigal Lofts, at the same corner where the tree is. I can see it from my window, and walk past it at least twice a day on the way to and from work. We have relatively few large trees in the area, and there’s no need to lose another. Especially in the middle of summer — shade is most welcome. It has survived the building reconstruction, and has earned the right to stay where it is.

  2. Considering all the trees were removed for this revitalization why destroy the only tree left on this block of I St NW? Please keep the Mount Vernon Triangle Green. Leave the tree. Allow the future employees of this building to have a shady spot to sit.

  3. Maryann

    It’s nice to have the tree; however any damage done to the root system we probably won’t see the affects for about a year, or longer (I’m a Landscape Designer and know a thing or two about this…) I’m sure the roots were cut, regardless of the precautions taken, it always happens. It would be great if the tree does not get cut down, and then we contract a tree company to give it a deep-root feeding.

  4. Jeremy

    Downtown cannot constantly have all our 60ft trees cut down and replaced with 12ft tall trees. It is very possible to maintain a select few majestic mature trees. Of course there are extra steps and costs involved as Maryann suggested. To Paramount the 425 Eye property is just a line item on their portfolio’s balance sheet – that’s why they prefer not to invest in saving the tree.

  5. FP

    it would have been nice to have all the original trees there, but now with them gone, does it make sense to leave this one standing? wouldn’t it be better to have uniform sized trees lining the street?

  6. FourthandEye

    @FP – there is another tall tree across the street by the former Madrigal Lofts sales trailer. While the one in question may not be symetrical with the new trees that will be planted – it will balance off the tree across the street well.

  7. anonym

    This tree looks ugly! Remove it!

  8. @anonym

    If you are ugly should we remove you too?

  9. Dan Maceda

    Save this tree. The City needs all the trees it has and thousands more to comply with the EPA permit taking effect this month. In fact it has committed to planting 4500 trees a year over the period of this permit. Tommy Wells ran on a livable , walkable city and shade trees help to make this city walkable in the intense heat of summer.

  10. has anyone contacted casey trees to see if they could help advocate for saving this tree?

  11. Thank you all for your interest in protecting the District’s tree canopy.

    One of our committed Citizen Foresters brought this matter to our attention this past Thursday. We have requested a copy of the Special Tree Removal permit from DDOT so we can know more of the particulars.

    DC does not have a legal historic tree designation, only a Special Tree designation (meaning a tree is larger than 17.5” in diameter). There is no “no” in the Urban Forest Preservation Act. Any applicant can remove any tree provided they commit to plant the requisite number of replacement trees or pay the required amount into the Tree Fund.

    Unfortunately, the Tree Fund was recently, by an act of Council, wiped clean to pay for agency operations rather than to plant replacement trees.

    As you can imagine we are very concerned about this. An opinion piece from our Executive Director on the removal of funds from the Tree Fund ran in Sunday’s Washington Post. Cut and past this link (http://bit.ly/cRNCKa) to read “Breaking a promise to protect D.C.’s tree canopy”

    We will formulate a course of action when we know more about the details. It is possible that an ISA Certified Arborist deemed the tree a Hazard Tree, meaning it poses a threat to persons or property due to a defect or defects. The permit should help us know more.

    Thank you again for your concern. To learn more about how you can help restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the Nation’s Capital, visit our website at http://www.caseytrees.org.