Photo of the Month

November 26, 2014

By Pratik Vaidya Light from a streetlight diffracts as it passes through icicles  surrounding the  branches of a tree outside an Issaquah home.

By Pratik Vaidya
Light from a streetlight diffracts as it passes through icicles
surrounding the
branches of a tree outside an Issaquah home.

Veterans Memorial Field trees will be replaced

October 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 24, 2014

The last 18 Lombardi poplar trees at Veterans’ Memorial Field were delimbed Oct. 14 in preparation for their removal and replacement. What was once a windbreak of 30 poplars, between 40 and 50 years old and averaging 80 feet tall, had become old, unhealthy and potentially dangerous, according to City Arborist Alan Haywood. They are the same variety that was removed and replaced in recent years at Front Street North and Gilman Boulevard. Columnar tulip, or ‘liliodendron,’ trees will be planted in November. The city, because it is a Tree City USA, was eligible for a grant of $5,000 for the new trees from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

The last 18 Lombardi poplar trees at Veterans’ Memorial Field were delimbed Oct. 14 in preparation for their removal and replacement. What was once a windbreak of 30 poplars, between 40 and 50 years old and averaging 80 feet tall, had become old, unhealthy and potentially dangerous, according to City Arborist Alan Haywood. They are the same variety that was removed and replaced in recent years at Front Street North and Gilman Boulevard. Columnar tulip, or ‘liliodendron,’ trees will be planted in November. The city, because it is a Tree City USA, was eligible for a grant of $5,000 for the new trees from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Talus tree tussle won’t change city approach

October 14, 2014

Not all 16 trees were saved in the Talus Residential Board’s decision, but even though the matter caused quite a stir among residents, city officials will not change their approach to tree removal.

“We conducted our typical review for this type of work, and the city did not need to issue permits or approve a new landscaping plan,” City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said. “Instead, we encouraged Talus homeowners to address their concerns within their homeowners’ association framework, rather than through a governmental enforcement action.

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Talus HOA rejects tree-removal appeal

September 29, 2014

NEW — 5:34 p.m. Sept. 29, 2014

Most, but not all, of the disputed trees in the Talus neighborhood will be removed.

A month after a contentious Talus Residential Association public hearing, the board decided Sept. 29 to cut down 10. Six homeowners originally petitioned for the removal of 16 trees that they said blocked their views of the landscape and lowered property values.

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To the Editor

September 9, 2014

Talus trees

The trees are the view;  enjoy them

If I could take a moment to remind those that buy homes in Issaquah… the trees are the view! We are so fortunate to live within a tall urban forest and it should be celebrated not demolished. Please, everyone, look out your window and be grateful that we have so many beautiful, oxygen-producing, soil-protecting, wildlife-sustaining evergreens all around our fine city!

Susan Trent

Issaquah

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Talus trees are still standing for now

August 19, 2014

A tussle over trees in Talus continues to take its toll.

After six homeowners applied to the Talus Residential Association to remove 19 trees in a communal area this past spring, a groundswell of protest began aiming to protect the landscape. The homeowner applicants claimed that the trees blocked views offered by the development’s place on Cougar Mountain.

“We had views of Lake Sammamish, downtown Issaquah and the Cascades,” Henry Farber, one of the initial applicants and the attorney representing them, said. “That was part of the interest in buying these houses for all six of us. In the last eight years, all these trees have grown over.”

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To the Editor

June 3, 2014

Housing development

Buy houses that are for  sale before building more

So, 100-plus houses are going to be built next to Discovery Elementary School on 228th Street.

With the sudden clear-cutting of trees next to the park and ride, the surge in development is obvious. The destruction of trees should be the first concern. Trees improve our health, are part of history and support wildlife.

Another concern is road capacity. Drive on 228th at 7 a.m. or 5 p.m. to see the traffic backlog. The street is now supposed to absorb 100-plus additional families coming on and off the road as the two new developments are created? There has to be a point where the City Council, planning commission and citizens agree enough is enough.

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Tempers flare over Talus tree removal

April 29, 2014

The city of Issaquah stopped the removal of Talus neighborhood trees April 27 after residents cried foul.

Work began in the beginning of April to take out some tall trees blocking the view of residents. While the Talus Residential Association remains confident it took all necessary steps to remove the trees, some homeowners remain unconvinced.

“People have been pretty adamant about clearing those trees to have a better view of the lake,” said Talus resident Chad Fletcher said, who is angry about the removal. “Those particular trees were there and always were there.”

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