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Some Large Trees in Old Town Suwanee To Be Removed

Three 'mature' oaks on Main Street are targeted.

No timetable is set, but three large oak trees in the city right-of-way on Main Street in Old Town Suwanee have been targeted for removal.

City officials recently hired an arborist, who gave each of the trees a "high" risk rating, meaning that "monitoring" and eventual removal will be necessary.

"Each of these trees poses an unreasonable level of risk to surrounding targets," according to a document filed with the city by the arborist, Onebark of Stone Mountain.

-- Will you miss these trees along Main Street? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

The trees are located at 511 Main Street, 527 Main Street, and at the intersection of Main Street and Stonecypher Road.

Among the symptoms cited by the arborist are:

  • "Decay is visible between several stems, especially in the stems closest to the street corner." (This is the tree at Main and Stonecypher.)
  • "Trunk is hollow ... an open cavity is visible in the location of an old limb pruning scar." (This is the tree at 527 Main Street.)
  • "A large stem separates from the trunk and grows toward the house at this location. Stem has (delay) on upper portion." (This is the tree at 511 Main Street.)

City Manager Marty Allen said he is not sure when actual removal will take place.

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Deborah Jetton January 15, 2013 at 02:12 PM
too bad! What will be planted in their place?
Steve Burns (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 02:28 PM
No talk of anything like that that I know of, Deborah.
Rosemary Vollmar January 15, 2013 at 04:33 PM
I just went and looked at the trees. It is too bad that mature trees have to be removed. Maybe an arborist should look at more of the trees in Suwanee before the spring pruning starts. An arborist could make the proper suggestions to the city workers for a correct 'prune'. As long as the trees are clearly in the right-of-way, and not on any of the mayor's, or other city workers family's properties, I see no need for anyone to be concerned that city money would be used for the tree removal/yard work/landscaping/springtime slope prettying-up---on, or off, the MainSt./Stonecypher Rd. area. Rosemary Vollmar

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