State Street Trees

The City of Salem has issued a permit to US Bank to remove 5 Japanese Zelkova trees along State Street because they are buckling the sidewalk.

In 2010, the City’s Urban Forester indicated the tree roots could be pruned enough to prevent the sidewalk damage, and save the trees.  The City’s Shade Tree Committee denied the City’s request to remove the trees.

In 2012, US Bank requested permission to remove the trees and the City’s Shade Tree Committee denied the request again.  US Bank “verbally” appealed the committee’s decision.

In January 2013, the Shade Tree Committee held a second public hearing where a number of opponents testified, and a petition signed by 22 downtown business owners and employees was presented opposing the tree removal.  The Shade Tree Committee voted to deny the request for removal.

US Bank appealed the decision to the Director of Public Works, who has overturned the Shade Tree Committee’s recommendation.  A permit has been issued for US Bank to begin removal of the trees as early as April 10th.

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4 thoughts on “State Street Trees

  1. If the trees are a cost/liability issue, and they aren’t heritage trees, I don’t see the problem. Maybe the wrong type tree was chosen?

  2. The city of Salem tree removal permitts are based on politics ONLY. There is no ryme nor reason for decisions……..US BANK’s only excuse is the trees have leafs and are messy THAT MY FRIENDS is the only reason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. i sent an email to city council.we have visited salem from nashville in march and your cherry trees on state street are delightful.i implored them to intervene and stop the removal.

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