AIRPORT BLVD. TREES UPDATE
As you've read, The City of Mobile's Urban Forestry and FOMT planned to replace scrub trees on the public Airport Boulevard medians from I-65 to Azalea Road with a more vibrant species such as Eastern red cedar.
FOMT’s members were first to contribute to the purchase of these trees with Urban Forestry contracting to install them. In May, FOMT and the Mobile Tree Commission publicly agreed to split the cost of these replacement trees for the stretch from I-65 to Montlimar (Phase 1). In June, Councilor Joel Daves pledged $5000 from District 5’s Discretionary Fund for the stretch from Montlimar to Azalea Road (Phase 2). In early September, Alabama Power awarded Friends of Mobile Trees a $1,000 grant from its Good Roots program to buy trees for Phase 2.
The city has now, in September, revised the plan to include a larger area but with fewer trees per mile.
The revised plan is to replace between "50 and 60 trees"on four long stretches of city right of way:
1) Airport Boulevard from I-65 to the western city limits.
2) Cottage Hill Road from I-65 to the western city limits.
3) Old Shell Road from I-65 to the western city limits.
4) All of University Boulevard
We will keep you posted as we move forward.
AIRPORT BLVD TREES
In September, FOMT will take inventory of the trees marked by the City’s Department of Urban Forestry for replacement in Phase 1 (I-65 to Montlimar) and Phase 2 ( Montlimar to Azalea Road) of the Airport Blvd. project.
According to the City of Mobile Dept. of Urban Forestry, existing trees slated for replacement will be removed by December with replanting expected in late January to early February. Eastern Red Cedars will most likely be planted, although comparable species will be considered relative to cost and availability at the time of planting.
Full funding for phase 1 has been pledged and significant progress has been accomplished towards phase 2.
WKRG featured the FOMT / City of Mobile Department of Urban Forestry project to replace trees along Airport Blvd. in a news segment on July 9th. Read the summary HERE
The Port City Pacers' annual season finale, the Do It In The Bush cross country 5K, chose a great way to honor its late members, former President Bowdoin Atchison and Victor Birch, by finishing the race right next to the memorial oak trees planted last November by Friends of Mobile Trees. Even this year's race tee-shirt, further honoring their memory, included their trees.
Friends of Mobile Trees' 12 live oaks are now in the ground at the brand new
Escatawpa Hollow Park
in Northwest Mobile County.
Thanks once again to one of FOMT's great advisors Phillip Dodd for this generous in-kind donation.
OAKS Planted in Tricentennial Park
Thanks to an in kind donation from FOMT member Phillip Dodd Landscaping, FOMT recently facilitated the planting by City of Mobile Parks of four 40 gallon live oaks at the center of Tricentennial Park between the 3 Mile Creek Greenway and the Childrens Splash Pad.
FOMT recommended this specific site so the trees will benefit both park visitors and residents traveling along the Greenway.