Why not transplant instead?
By Elsa Maxey
Construction makes for destruction…these are the rhythmic words of what could be in a rapper’s song, yet it’s the underlying theme of a current situation.
About a half dozen mature trees have been cut to make way for the expansion of a road in a Sugar Land subdivision.
The tree cutting has brought up concerns about what can be done to prevent their continuing destruction, like transplanting them either in the neighborhood or elsewhere.
One resident said she understood the need to remove the trees in the Brazos Landing subdivision where University Boulevard is undergoing expansion. “We see pictures of city officials in tree planting ceremonies throughout the area, but why cut trees which were already paid for by the tax payers,” she questions. “Maybe they can use these trees for their tree planting ceremonies, do their bit for the environment at the same time, and save some money for the tax payers too!”
Confirming what is understood, city spokesperson Doug Adolph said, “These are trees within the right of way that impede construction.” Their removal was discussed with the current owner, who was provided with an opportunity to do that, if there was an interest in keeping them, Adolph explained. He also said that tree relocation for the road project “would be cost prohibitive for the city and is not consistent with previous practice,” noting that tree removal for road projects is not uncommon.
The city will implement a landscape project to address the beautification of the corridor following the construction of the roadway, according to Adolph. So, it looks like city taxpayers could be paying for trees and other greenery there, and this may end up being part of another tree planting ceremony.
Pay less to cut down trees instead of moving them, then pay for some more so that taxpayers be badly groovin’…would probably be how the rapper’s song could continue.