I hope you’ll join me and others tomorrow morning (Thursday, Dec 1st) in front of the Library at 10:00 am to talk — BRTrees!
The BRT project has brought a lot of attention to trees in Provo and Orem. Most of what I hear is gloom and doom but the reality is the BRT (aka TRIP) project will dramatically improve the long-term outlook for trees in our area.
Here’s some fact and fiction concerning the BRT and trees.
Fiction: Our tree count will go down because of BRT.
Fact: The project does require the removal of about 286 trees but the project will net a 400% increase in new trees. That’s right – we’ll lose 286 trees but gain 1017 new ones. We plan on showing how dramatic it is by placing a green pinwheel for each tree planted.
Fiction: These are all healthy trees.
Fact: Many people don’t realize it but the beautiful maples along University are nearing the end of their useful life. They were planted in road base many years ago and upon close inspection are not healthy trees.
Fact: The look and feel will be different but we’ve used some of the best designers in the country to come up with a unique design that not only adds more trees but also provides space for bike lanes. 9