The City Forester makes a house call!

Kim Carrell-Smith is a 31-year resident of Bethlehem’s historic Southside, where she taught public history at Lehigh University for almost two decades. She is also an aspiring gadfly, buzzing in on issues of historic preservation, public education, city government, and other social justice issues. She tips her wings to the master gadflies who have served our community for so long!

Thanks for posting, Kathy!

And our city forester David Shaffer (very kindly dropping by my house in response to my questions on Gadlfy–now there’s public service!) pointed me/all of us toward the city’s website for ordinances and more info regarding trees.

*See for straightforward guidelines  (not written like ordinances!) about types of trees they recommend, where and how to plant trees, etc.

*But also useful are the ordinances themselves: the city’s “SALDO,” which is the ordinance governing “subdivisions or developments.”  This might pertain to Kate’s question on Oct 1 on the Gadfly blog. There ARE requirements developers need to follow, and the forester enforces them. Hurray!

*And the actual city ordinance governing trees and shrubs:

But how great that he is on the agenda for the EAC! He seems like a very professional, conscientious guy.

Tree tending and planting (even removal) on public property require a certified arborist, and can be costly, I learned. What if as a city we could figure out a way to do what Community Action Development Corp of Bethlehem did on Hayes Street (with Southside Vision funding), when they planted trees up and down the hill in the old tree wells?

Could the Environmental Action Committee perhaps apply for grants to get trees planted in some low income neighborhoods?


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