WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A tentative compromise has been reached between the city of Wilmington and the Historic Wilmington Foundation regarding the tree canopy over Market Street.
Bill Jayne of the Historic Wilmington Foundation said the plan is to plant new trees but still get rid of some of the old ones that are decaying and causing a potential hazard for drivers heading downtown.
Jayne said the city along with the North Carolina Department of Transportation will remove nine of the old laurel oak trees on the section of Market Street that runs from 17th to 21st Streets.
He said fourteen of the other trees have been identified as a "high priority" for care.
Jayne said they will be trimmed to prevent limbs from dropping and to keep the trees lasting long.
Jayne said the plan is to plant new live oak trees in place of the laurel oak trees that will be removed.
He said the live oak trees are much sturdier and more resistant to disease.
"In the short term we're going to lose some big old trees. That will hurt," said Jayne. "They've been an integral part of that really positive impression people get coming into the city".
Jayne said there is no official start date for this reforestation project but he said he suspects it will be sometime this year.
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