Nashua mayor says trees can't be saved
"I think people were stunned with the trees," said Commissioner Tracy Pappas. She said a formal vote should have been made by the board on whether to cut down the mature trees for the downtown sidewalk project.
Despite a petition by Alderman Dan Moriarty to save the remaining mature trees on Main Street, Lozeau said Tuesday that, "it can't be done."
"I don't like it either," she said.
Still, Pappas says that some of the trees probably could have been saved.
"It wasn't just surface damage," she said.
Some of the trees were diseased with weak spots and at the end of their life cycle, she said.
Many of the problematic tree roots have been photographed, and Lozeau said she is in the process of making those pictures public so that the citizens can fully understand the extent of damage that was occurring underneath the sidewalks.
"You need to finish the project — get it done. Let the trees mature," he said of the new trees that are being planted to replace those that have already been cut down, and those that still need to be removed.
Lozeau said Nashua is a tree city, USA, and an average of 200 trees are planted each year in the Gate City.
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