HUGGING FAYETTEVILLE'S TREES
ON THURSDAY, JULY 7, AT 1:00PM there will be a FAYETTEVILLE TREE HUG in celebration of the very old and large COTTONWOOD TREE at Cato Springs Road and Vale Avenue (1410 Cato Springs) west of the railroad.Everyone is welcome to come celebrate this tree, which was growing in Fayetteville during the early days of our town's settlement in this area called Fayette Junction, and to cool off beneath its branches whileenjoying some iced tea or lemonade. Bring a lawn chair if you wish.Because of road widening, great concern for the long-term survival
and health of this tree has been expressed by people familiar with the
area, its history, and this tree's beauty.The celebration is to bring attention to the various threats, which this
tree may face and to ask the city for two specific
at a depth recommended by the Arkansas Forestry Commission's urban forester1.
That there will be no trenching within the drip-line of this tree
because that would sever its vital root system, and instead that the
needed utilities be installed via a bored tunnel beneath the root system
and/or the city's urban forester. In this process the bore should also
extend beyond the root system of the healthy 22-year-old pine tree just
west of the cottonwood in order to protect it as well.
That there will be no driving, paving, digging, dumping, parking, or
other disruptive construction activities done around these trees'
crucial root systems/drip line areas, which will be fenced and the
fencing will remain for the duration of the construction process.