Smaller trees to replace some evergreens along Front Street North

December 28, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Dec. 28, 2011

Crews plan to replace ailing Douglas firs at a downtown Issaquah intersection and add smaller trees.

The city recently approved a plan to replace nine Douglas firs near Front Street North and Northwest Dogwood Street. The plan does not affect the towering Douglas firs on the nearby Village Theatre property.

The replacement for the removed Douglas firs is evergreen and deciduous trees, plus ground cover.

City officials said declining health is affecting seven trees included in the removal plan.

The removal is also meant to allow more sunlight to reach solar panels planned for installation nearby. Plans call for some of the solar panels to power a pair of electric vehicle charging stations.

Under city code, plans also call for two additional Douglas fir trees to be removed for a smaller variety of evergreen tree to be planted, because the existing trees might otherwise block the solar panels.

Replanting is expected to be completed within 60 days of the tree removal. The removal is scheduled for early January.

The applicant is also considering the removal of five oak trees near First Place Northwest. The existing trees caused damaged to the curbs and roadway.

If the plan to remove the oaks proceeds, plans call for smaller varieties to be planted in the same area.

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4 Responses to “Smaller trees to replace some evergreens along Front Street North”

  1. bryan on December 28th, 2011 11:07 pm

    tree city usa – still – just smaller trees – so we must be a mini-tree city usa then? our community enjoys these trees – i understand they need to be replaced – should not these taxpayer owned trees be replaced with trees of equal size and stature? why are we being forced to have a discount on our trees?

  2. JBR on December 30th, 2011 9:26 pm

    What a horrible loss to downtown Issaquah and a bad decision all together. There has to be some alternatives to cutting the “ailing” trees down. I am all for solar panels for an electric vehicle charging station, but cutting down 9 trees is ridiculous. Find another place for the charging station. Prune them. Brace them somehow, I’ve seen it done. Post a picture of the damaged side walk and roadway where 5 more trees have to be removed. I can’t hardly believe it could be that bad; all of a sudden. Someone is getting bribed for this charging station and I feel the city official(s) in charge of the project is just tossing in the other 5 to make it look legit. What do I know? I could be wrong, but I doubt it. This probably won’t get posted. And if it doesn’t, I’ll find another more effective way to voice my opinion.


    A concerned member of one of Issaquah’s founding families along the north fork of the Issaquah creek.

  3. Ray Albrecht on December 31st, 2011 4:53 pm

    Tree City USA? What a joke! Celebrating the annual return of the salmon via Salmon Days? What a joke! Being an environmentally conscience city, and planning to move Tibbets Creek (a salmon bearing creek) so that Rowley can have a bigger footprint , and not have to deal with setbacks? What a joke! Issaquah’s mayor and city council? What a joke! Everything this town is about has become a community joke!

  4. Rick Kyper on February 11th, 2012 9:31 pm

    It’s time for Issaquah to take the bull by the horns. Stop allowing incompetent city officials who know next to nothing on the subject to dictate their stupidity to the populace. They’ve wasted your $$$ planting trees that don’t fit or work in the space.
    Now you’re paying to get rid of them, and replace, costing more.
    The average street tree has a life span of 10 years. You’re reading is correct.
    This is due largely to the wrong tree planted in the wrong spot.
    Issaquah is still a charming smaller town. You can keep it that way by making some intelligent decisions , leaving the bureaucrats out of the process, and hiring a REAL Horticulturalist with years of experience in planting, maintaining, and assessing the growth of trees.
    Washington is the EVERGREEN state, so you should begin there by incorporating the largest percentage of your trees being evergreen.
    Pinus contorta,Abies grandis, Quercus Ilex, Acer sempervirens, Photinia fraseri on standards, Fraxinus ‘Majestic Beauty are a good start. Sequoia sempervirens ‘Soquel’ is a knock-out narrow form of the Coast Redwood. If you have a wide planting strip, Tsuga heterophyllus ‘Blue Mountain’ cannot be beat! Your town would be the envy of the state with these trees, and they are all excellent trees.
    Some deciduous trees are : Cercis siliquastrum, Pyrus calleyana ‘Cleveland Select’, or ‘Capital’ are great. Cornus mas and it’s cultivars are early blooming, offer fruit for birds, and a nice fall color. Amerlanchier ‘Princess Diana’ or ‘Strata’
    are superior cultivars. Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’, and ‘Yellow Bird’ could be the pride of your city.
    Get with it Issaquah. This is your BIG chance to make intelligent choices, and beautify your town by taking it up a notch (or 3).

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