Battle over sweet gum trees

6:49 PM, May 14, 2012   |    comments
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By Sharon Stevens

St. Louis (KSDK) - There is a fight brewing between neighbors and Washington University over 55 sweet gum trees.

Residents want to keep the trees, but the university wants to cut them down and it all comes to a head Wednesday night.

A resident wrote a message in the voice of the trees asking passersby to protest the planned removal to Washington University officials.

E.F. Porter who penned the message says the trees serve a useful purpose.

The University City Forestry Commission will vote on the plan to remove the trees Wednesday.

Opponents say they might go to court.

Supporters say the proposal would widen the pavement, replace all trees including damaged ones, and replace them with larger trees.

In a statement, the university says it is an involved partner but most of the decision about the trees will be made by University City.

University City officials say Washington University is footing the entire bill, so they don't know how much it will eventually cost.


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