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Monday, January 25, 2016

Save the rare (for Miami) Samanea saman trees

I heard from Elvis Cruiz, Miami activist, about a couple of trees that are in District 2, in the Morningside neighborhood. They are thriving Samanea saman trees but the City of Miami Public Works Dept. wants to cut them down. We know a lot about saving trees in Coconut Grove, so he's asking for our help, especially since they are in our Commission district.

"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  esantamaria@miamigov.com.


Please take a few seconds to sign the on-line petition to save the trees:  http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/please-save-morningsides

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut government, not trees.

January 25, 2016 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Arborist is absolutely right, on the video. I remember these amazing, majestic trees in Venezuela, the Samanes, they are among the most impressive when they grow to their full potential. Properly trimmed, they develop an amazing canopy. Perfect for any city. CI.

Just Google: Samanea Saman / Images -

January 26, 2016 10:30 AM  

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