What’s in the works, Wells Fargo?

a href=”“Thank you for publishing a news article about the trees that Wells Fargo cut down on the corner of Patton and Louisiana avenues [“The Beat: One, Two, Three,” Nov. 2 Xpress], and for the amusing cartoon showing a field of tree stumps labeled "Wells Fargo Botanical Garden." Such publicity doubtless intensified Wells Fargo's determination to repair the damage they had done.

On Dec. 10, Wells Fargo kept their agreement to plant new trees to replace those that they had cut down. They deserve credit that the new cherry trees are mature specimens and that the oak is a good size. Those trees will restore the appearance of that important intersection, relieve a dreary strip of Patton Avenue and improve the reputation of Wells Fargo as a new member of this community.

To prevent further destruction, in November the city's planning commission changed their procedure for issuing permits to cut trees, so that they will not negligently authorize the destruction of any more of the city's Treasured Trees.

A Nov. 23 story in the Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Wells Fargo is "looking at putting $10,000 to $16,000 into programs from tree planting to an educational program about tree health. …” (To read the full article, visit http://avl.mx/7z.)
Such a donation would be indeed commendable. Now citizens of West Asheville are wondering, when might that donation take place? How will we know that Wells Fargo is doing those additional things to improve our landscape?

— Stephen Weissman

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