Nashua mayor: Tree-cutting plan is sound
"Some people are hearing the trees are coming down, but they are not hearing the trees are being replaced," Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said last week during a Board of Public Works meeting.
The trees removed from the first two blocks along Main Street were mostly locust and pear. Once work begins on blocks three through five, Lozeau said, an additional 35 locust trees, 10 red maple, nine linden and one pear will still need to be cut down because of trunk damage, internal decay, overgrown roots and dead tops.
"This is the first that we are going to be introducing color to downtown," she said, noting the replacement trees were selected based on their tolerance to salt, drought, pollution and aesthetic appeal.
Most importantly, all of the replacement trees are being planted with root barriers so the new sidewalks will not be damaged once the trees are fully grown in about 10 years, she said.
Now that some of the tall trees have been removed, the facades of many downtown buildings are more visible, said Lozeau, adding the exterior of some buildings need improvements. About $40,000 has been set aside in the city's budget for a new downtown facade program that is designed to help some merchants enhance the facade of their Main Street buildings, Lozeau said.
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