Letter writer: Online petition calls for saving Collier Avenue trees

Graphic by Lori Deaton

… We started an online petition requesting the city of Asheville to avoid sacrificing the precious wooded area on Collier Avenue in Asheville’s central business district to a new apartment building.

According to a tree evaluation report from a certified arborist, this property has, among many other trees and shrubs, 23 mature oak trees that are a “singular occurrence in the hardscape of the city center area. … The stand also serves several ecosystem functions such as cleaning air, sequestering carbon, moderating noise, mitigating heat-island effect and capturing stormwater runoff. As such, the trees serve the citizens of the immediate neighborhood and the entire city.”

The petition calls on Asheville’s City Council, Downtown Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission and Tree Commission to preserve this irreplaceable green space or work with local citizens and nonprofit organizations to arrange such preservation.

If you haven’t already done so, please consider signing the petition at the following link. The more signatures we gather, the better our chance for having an impact. [Here is the link:]

 — Inge and Imke Durre

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