[MissoulaGov] committee update 3-23-11
ethelmacd at gmail.com
Thu Mar 24 08:38:17 MDT 2011
Thanks, Geoff, for another brief and interesting bit of history. I worked
for John Toole back in 1960 when as a member of the Citizens Bridge
Committee he worked tirelessly to get the railing to protect pedestrians on
the Higgins Ave. Bridge.
On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 12:30 AM, Geoff Badenoch <geoffb at ism.net> wrote:
> A footnote to the trees on the levee…the agreement to remove those trees
> has been with the City of Missoula since the levee was built in the
> 1960’s. It was kind of ignored by everyone until the 1980’s when the
> “volunteer” trees had matured. The Army Corps came to town on an inspection
> and said the trees had to go. Then-Mayor John Toole said, no dice, he
> wasn’t going to be known “as the Mayor who clear cut the riverfront.” John
> Toole was from the “old guard” I disagreed with him about a lot of stuff
> but I sure liked the guy. The trees were removed under Mayor Toole’s
> successor, Mayor Bob Lovegrove.
> Geoff Badenoch
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> *Subject:* [MissoulaGov] committee update 3-23-11
> In Conservation we approved a $10,000 contract for Able tree service to cut
> down the trees along the river bank on the levee down town. The army corps
> of engineers built the levees and they require that all trees with a width
> greater than four inches be removed. This is to protect the levee in case a
> flood rips the trees out. If they are big enough they will damage the
> structure of the levee when they are uprooted. We learned that the Seattle
> division of the Corps, who built our levee, is the only one that even allows
> any vegetation to grow on the levees. Elsewhere in the country they don’t
> have trees at all.
> The last time this happened about seven years ago people got pretty upset
> about all the trees being taken out. The discussion turned to how we could
> maybe plant something else on the bank that would be attractive and wouldn’t
> grow so big that it had to be removed. Most of the trees on the bank are
> non-native and it would be nice to replace them with a more appropriate
> native species. We thought this would make for a great volunteer community
> effort. If you are interested, or know of organizations that may be
> interested in this sort of thing, please contact Marilyn Marler at
> MMarler at ci.missoula.mt.us.
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