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Shepherd Street Residents Saddened By Loss of Large Trees

by Prince Of Petworth March 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm 9 Comments

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1300 block Shepherd Street, NW

Dear PoPville,

I was dismayed to see three old growth trees come down this week on the 1300 block of Shepherd St, NW. As a resident I’m not at all convinced that these trees were dead, and one (north side) did not cross any visible power lines. I know that Pepco has had to deal with the significant challenge of fallen trees after storms and consequent power interruptions, but this seems like such a poor solution. Our city is already so heavily concrete and these aged trees provide the shade that is so desperately needed by humans and every other form of life. It would be great to get an explanation if there is one, and also a dialogue on new solutions.

Another reader looked into it and found out from:

Three large trees were taken down closer to 13th street on Shepherd. Earl Eustler and Rob Corletta from DDOT met with me early morning on Thursday the 14th as the big trucks rolled up. They were really nice and explained why each tree got taken down. Two trees made total sense, one was not that compelling of an argument, but it was already down so there wasn’t anything really to discuss. They said new ones wouldn’t be planted til next winter. So, we’re trying to get permits to plant our own, but we can’t plant any species that will grow big. They’re only planting small growth trees on powerline sides of the street.

One thing to note though is that the tree service map on DDOT’s website only has “scheduled & routine tree service” indicated on the map. Ours was considered “emergency” so that’s why it wasn’t mapped out. DDOT says they don’t currently put emergency tree service on the maps.

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