Tree Board Suggests New Policy for Schools

Clarksville, TN (June 25, 2008)- Tree Board member Tracy Jackson pitched a proposal to the Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board at its Tuesday night meeting that would align its tree replacement policy with Clarksville’s City Code. City Code Chapter 17 Section 1-1708 states whenever the city removes a tree on public property, the city should replace the tree’s canopy area with trees that cover the same area.


“That is, a 12-inch caliper tree removed would need to be replaced by six two-inch caliper trees,” according to City Code.
The removal of trees from Mericourt Park earlier this month spurred the Tree Board’s action. According to Jackson’s presentation, 18 trees totaling a 412-inch caliper count were removed from Mericourt Park to make way for the new fields. The proposed plan would have used 206 native maple or other large trees, planted during a multiyear program, to replace the ones felled.
Several sources of funding for the tree replacement were offered, such as softball leagues, parent teacher organizations, state agricultural enhancement grants, gifts from local organizations, and volunteer events. “We do not need to be cutting down trees because of the air quality,” Jackson said.
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