All posts by Jim Abbot

Advocacy

In 2005, an arborist delivered some bad news to the developers of Marble Lofts on Dekalb Avenue. He reported that in his professional judgment, a large southern red oak (Quercus falcata) on the site would probably not survive the impending construction. The city’s arborist agreed and put up a notice of his intent to issue a permit for the tree’s removal.

Thanks to Atlanta’s progressive tree ordinance, however, an adjacent homeowner was given adequate time to appeal the city arborist’s decision. That man reached out to Tree Watch, which saw merit in his appeal and decided to work with him to make his case.

In the end, the neighbor won his case before the Tree Conservation Commission. Fortunately for the tree, the developers opted not to appeal the commission’s decision to superior court. Instead, with some slight adjustments in the site design, their construction had a smaller impact on the tree than they had feared.

All’s well that ends well! Here’s a picture of that tree, more than a decade after an Inman Park resident made an effort to rescue it.

Education

Which of these is false?

  1. Lake Claire’s tree canopy is currently twice as dense as Inman Park’s, and taking into consideration how much of Inman Park is “non-vegetative land cover,” Tree Watch is limited to about half the total area of the neighborhood when it is looking for places to plant trees.
  2. A recent study in Portland found that a single shade tree increases a homeowner’s property value by an average $7,130, while street trees add $8,870, on average, to a house’s sale price.
  3.  A two-stroke, gas-powered leaf blower releases into the air about 300 times the hydrocarbons of a heavy-duty pickup.
  4. In the front yard of a house on Elizabeth Street is a 70-foot tall, multi-trunk redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) — a Pacific coast redwood, that is, roughly 2,700 miles distant from the California forests where it has its true home, and which is said to be comprised of the suckers that sprouted from the stump of a tree planted by Joel Hurt himself!!!
  5. There is absolutely no connection between knowing more about the natural world and caring more about the natural world.

If you chose #5, congratulations!

Tree Watch needs your help in identifying topics, issues, speakers, experts, activities, venues, media outlets, and so forth, to educate Inman Park residents about the critically important work we must do to ensure that Atlanta remains a city with an environment that is supportive of human health and prosperity. Contact us!