Save the rare (for Miami) Samanea saman trees
"You’ve probably never heard of that species; it's almost unknown in Miami. But if you’ve ever been to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, you’ve seen it decorating some of the most sacred ground in America, at the Arizona Memorial," says Elvis.
The two trees are in the median of NE 6 Court, between 57 and 58 Streets. Why does Public Works want to cut down two vigorous, healthy shade trees? Misinformation.
It’s a long story, but the short version is that these are non-native trees that the city is not familiar with, and there is misinformation about them on the internet.
They make an excellent street tree and shade tree. There are over a thousand of them planted on the streets of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Extensive research was done before the trees were planted. Experts were consulted.
Elvis says, "I recently asked Jeff Shimonski, a well-respected local arborist (former head of horticulture for Parrot Jungle, and he also writes the horticulture article for the Biscayne Times), to inspect the trees. On camera, he says they are vigorous and healthy, and he sees 'absolutely no reason to remove them.' "
Here's a video of Jeff assessing the situation.
Aisa Michel (who lives right next to the median) and Elvis have appealed the proposed tree removal to the Miami City Commission, and it will be heard on Thursday, January 28, at Miami City Hall in Coconut Grove. The item is number 19 on an agenda which will begin after 3 pm. It will probably be a long agenda, going on into the night.
Please help save these beautiful trees.
Please take a moment to send an email to City Commissioner Ken Russell at KRussell@miamigov.com
You might also CC the Director of Public Works, Mr. Ed Santamaria. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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