We the people vote for trees.
  • Petitioned Bill Spelman

This petition was delivered to:

Austin City Council
Bill Spelman
Director of Economic Growth Redevelopment Services
Kevin Johns
Assistant City Manager, Development
Sue Edwards
Attorney, City Legal
Brent Lloyd
City Manager
Marc Ott
Planning and Development Review Department
Greg Guernsey
Sustainability Officer
Lucia Athens
City Council Staff
Amy Everheart
City Council Staff
Nancy Williams
City Council Aide
Leah Bojo
City Council Aide
Lewis Leff
City Council Aide
Andrew Moore
City Council Aide
Michael McGill
City Council Aide
Heidi Gerbracht
City Council Aide
Barksdale English
City Council Aide
Shannon Halley
City Council Aide
Barbara Rush
City Council Aide
Robert Levinski
General Counsel, Senator Kirk Watson
Susan Nold
Mayor of Austin
Lee Leffingwell
Austin City Council
Chris Riley
Austin City Council
Mike Martinez
Austin City Council
Sheryl Cole
Austin City Council
Kathie Tovo
Austin City Council
Laura Morrison
Texas State Senator
Kirk Watson
Texas State Senator
Jeff Wentworth
Texas State Representative
Eddie Rodriguez
Texas State Representative
Mark Strama
Texas State Representative
Dawnna Dukes
Texas State Representative
Donna Howard
Texas State Representative
Elliott Naishtat
CEO, Trammell Crow Company
Daniel Queenan
President, Western Operations, Trammell Crow Company
John Stirek
COO, Trammell Crow Company
Michel Duffy
Chief Investments, Trammell Crow Company
Craig Cheney
General Counsel, Trammell Crow Dallas Company
Scott Dyche
Principal, Trammell Crow Austin Company
Adam Nims
Managing Director, Trammell Crow Houston Company
Aaron Thielhorn
VP, Development and Construction, Trammell Crow Austin Company
Mark Fowler

We the people vote for trees.

    1. Camilla Freitag
    2. Petition by

      Camilla Freitag

      78704, TX

On Thursday May 24, 2012 Austin City Council voted for big business.

City Council voted 7 to 0 allowing a waiver to the Heritage Tree Ordinance so that the property developer Trammell Crow Company could remove seven heritage trees from the development site at the Green Water Treatment Plant in the very heart of downtown Austin, TX.

These seven heritage trees (six live oaks and one 33" caliper pecan tree) are next to the sidewalks and can easily be saved by incorporating them into the design of the landscape. The trees are within a stones throw of Austin City Hall and the "Margret Hofmann oaks" on Cesar Chavez.

We are committed to following in the footsteps of Austin's Tree Lady, Margret Hofmann, who fought for the heritage tree ordinance as a council member in the 1970's. She was a pioneer in her dedication to trees, and her tireless efforts contributed enormously to the beautiful green city we enjoy today.

Your signature is vital in telling the City and Trammell Crow Company that everyone must abide for the Heritage Tree Ordinance. Vote for the trees and create an Austin that future generations will be proud of!

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Recent signatures


    1. UPDATE on the Travis Heights heritage trees

      Camilla Freitag
      Petition Organizer

      You may have received a change.org email this week about the 96 trees in peril in the inner city historic neighborhood of Travis Heights. The letter, originally sent on June 28, took a while to get out to some of you.

      We’re happy to say we have great news on this issue. Reagan Outdoor Advertising withdrew their request for the site plan extension before it went to City Council.

      Thanks again to everyone who helped by emailing City Council and showing your support for trees. This is a great example of how together we can make this world a better and greener place! Well done! And thank you.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. Faceook page to Trammell Crow

      Camilla Freitag
      Petition Organizer

      Please like our Facebook page asking that Trammell Crow save Austin's Trees

    4. I have created a new Facebook Page. And need your support. Actions Speak.

      Camilla Freitag
      Petition Organizer

      Please like or make respectful comments on the new page. "Trammel Crow Save Austin's Trees". Word has to get out to this corporation.

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. Rally for the Trees: Friday June 15th at City Hall

      Camilla Freitag
      Petition Organizer

      Please come and show The Austin City Council and Trammell Crow that they can not cut down our Heritage protected trees without a fight. Citizens of Austin unite against local government run amuck and Developers who do not protect our precious natural resources.
      Families and group attend. We can make this a fun rally for all!

    7. Please ask two people to sign our petition today.

      Camilla Freitag
      Petition Organizer

      We are so close to 2500 signatures and would love to make that number by tomorrow. Thanks for your support!

    8. We are asking for people to write to the Austin American Statesman.

      Camilla Freitag
      Petition Organizer

      Many people in our fair city get their news from the newspaper. The comments you have all writtten are wonderful. Please put these comments in the letter you write.

    9. Reached 2,000 signatures

      Camilla Freitag
      Petition Organizer

      Saturday, 12pm. Austin City Hall.

      Join us for a STREET RALLY to save our precious heritage trees in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas.

      Please show your support for these amazing trees, less than 500ft from City Hall and the Margret Hofmann memorial oaks.

      Marvel at how developer Trammell Crow cannot design a building without cutting these trees down.

      Save Austin's trees!
      See you Saturday at 12pm. Austin City Hall.


      Follow us:
      Twitter: http://twitter.com/@saveaustintrees #saveaustinstrees
      Facebook: http://facebook.com/austinheritagetrees
      Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVyEqZTl_qU

    11. Reached 750 signatures
    12. Thank you! Next steps, and we need to act fast...

      Camilla Freitag
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for the great work to date on this petition. We still have a lot of work to do for the vote to be reversed but you can make a huge difference by calling the Mayor and City Council members.

      Please call these people TODAY:
      Lee Leffingwell, Mayor of Austin at 512-974-2250
      Mike Martinez, Austin City Council at 512-974-2264
      Marc Ott, City Manager at 512-974-2200

      And tell them:
      * Do not allow Trammell Crow to cut down our trees!
      * Trammell Crow must follow the Heritage Tree Ordinance, like the City requires of all of its citizens.
      * These heritage trees can easily be incorporated into the design of the site.
      * We will hold Trammell Crow accountable for the destruction of any trees.
      * We will not give up fighting for a green Austin.

      Please take a moment to save Austin's trees!

      Many thanks!
      Save Austin's Trees

    13. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Betty Saenz LEANDER, TX
      • 12 months ago

      I love trees. They help to create great communities that people love. Trees of this size are irreplaceable!

    • Amanda Hemesath AUSTIN, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      I support saving trees and keeping Austin tree beautiful.

    • Marla Bottesch NORRIDGEWOCK, ME
      • about 1 year ago

      The concept "The Tree of Life" is not just a metaphor. Trees are life. Trees sequester CO2. Trees shade. Trees conserve water. Trees offer beauty. Property developers offer death to the very plants which sustain all life, physical and spiritual.

    • ian barclay TAKOMA PARK, MD
      • about 1 year ago

      A deal is a deal, as John Muir said so well " ANY FOOL CAN CUT A TREE DOWN " FOOLS!!!

    • Heidi Johnson AUSTIN, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      old trees are a vital link to our history, our sense of ourselves as a community, and the landscape that nourishes us.


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