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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