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LR to replace Main Street oaks with smaller trees

By Lisa Burnett

This article was published March 31, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.

Oak trees in the 100 and 200 blocks of Main Street in Little Rock were reduced to stumps Saturday as part of a project to improve water runoff in the area.

— Smaller trees will replace the oak trees along Main Street that Little Rock officials had removed over the weekend, a city spokesman announced Monday.

Fiften oak trees in the 100 and 200 blocks were reduced to stumps Saturday as part of a project to improve water runoff in the downtown corridor, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

University of Arkansas Community Design Center officials said the oak trees that stood on the north part of Main Street were at the end of their life expectancy and the roots in many places were causing the sidewalk to buckle, a city of Little Rock news release states.

The public has expressed concern since the trees were cut down Saturday.

"We thought most people knew about [the trees being cut down]," Ben Thielemier, communications and marketing manager for the city of Little Rock, said.

"We've had two public meeting about this and talked to a lot of land owners about this. A lot of people have been interested [today], so we wanted to make this information public."

The new trees will be approximately six inches in diameter and 20 to 22 feet tall, and other new landscaping is planned within each block, the news release states.

City of Little Rock officials said the following locations will have new trees:

• The east side of the 100 Block of Main Street will have five new Streetspire oaks.

• The east side of the 200 Block of Main Street will have six Highbeam Overcup oaks.

• In addition to the existing trees on the 300 Block of Main Street, Red Buds, Shumard oak, Black Gum, Red Maple and Chinese Pistache trees will be added.

• On the 500 Block of Main Street, 19 Allee elm trees will be added to the west side of the street and eight Streetspire oak for the east side.

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llllllll says... March 31, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.

Trees really don't have a life expectancy but if that takes some of the heat off what's the harm. The truth is that it was a bad idea to plant trees that can grow to 4 feet in diameter and live for a hundred years between the sidewalk and the street in the first place. Someone should have known better. just please use native species. By the way Overcup oak can grown just as big and long as the ones being removed and the more oaks in downtown the more squashed squirrels to frighten the kiddies.

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drs01 says... April 1, 2014 at 8:20 a.m.

I wonder if the cutting stopped because of the dem-gaz op-ed or the voice of Moses?
What harm were these Oaks in a land of empty buildings and dreams?

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