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100 year old oak trees to be taken down in Bull Street District

Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 8:32 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2021 at 10:09 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - After a local man spending time with his family became concerned about 100 year old trees possibly being cut down in the Bull Street District last weekend, officials confirm the trees will be coming down.

According to officials, trees in the Bull Street District have reached their maturity and are no longer safe.

Seth Connor visited the Bull Street District last weekend with his family to enjoy the green space and noticed blue ribbons tied around some of the trees. Connor became nervous developers had plans to cut them down. He was correct.

“This is an area that there’s few green spaced areas where you can go and just enjoy,” Connor said.

The Columbia City Councilman Howard Duvall says the trees are a danger to people coming in and the new houses.

The old trees will be replaced with large caliper trees that can grow with the new development, according to Councilman Duvall.

Connor says he does not agree with the city’s decision.

“The rationale just doesn’t make sense. We’re going to cut down 200 year-old oak trees and replace them with large trees of a large caliper. Where is the rationale in that? It doesn’t make sense,” Connor said.

However, in response to Connor, Councilman Duvall says this is something the city does every year.

“The city of Columbia takes out about 500 trees a year and most of them are like the trees you’re pointing out. They’re oak trees past maturity that need to come out and the new tree needs to mature as the development matures,” Duvall said.

Duvall says it’s too dangerous to leave the trees up because there is a risk the limbs could fall off, or the entire tree could fall down.

The City of Columbia representative says the developers know the importance of what is called a “tree canopy” and the trees will be replaced.

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