Calling all arborists and foresters! Help save my oak tree.
My local community officials are hellbent on tearing down all the mature trees that are between the sidewalk and the street. They claim the redoing the streets will irrevocably harm the tree roots and create a real and present danger to the citizens. My question is - how is this possible? You can drive all over the country and find tree-lined streets that are in much better condition than my community. What processes did they employ to save their trees?
I am most interested in saving the 50+ year old oak tree that shades my south facing house from the afternoon sun. In a year when they start redoing my street, I fear it will be a casualty of this process and am having trouble getting beyond the rhetoric and fear-mongering that I am hearing from the officials.
Any guidance from foresters would be much appreciated. Am I crazy to think they are overreacting? Anyone else fought and was able to save your beloved tree?