Trees en WFAE Talks Mayor Clodfelter, Cannon Public Records, Duke's Efforts To Stunt Tree Growth, Reading <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, the </span>WFAE<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Talks crew discusses stories making news that concern city politics, the environment and education.</span></p><p>Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss initial impressions of Mayor Dan Clodfelter, and public records related to former Mayor Patrick Cannon that won't be released for at least 60 days. Also on this week's podcast: Public outcry prompts Duke Energy to suspend a program in which tree roots were being injected with a chemical to stunt growth, and observations from a 3rd-grade class trying to meet the state's new reading requirement.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:13:21 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 48828 at WFAE Talks Mayor Clodfelter, Cannon Public Records, Duke's Efforts To Stunt Tree Growth, Reading Duke Energy Stops Tree Treatments After Customers Complain Of Poor Communication <p>Duke Energy has been the subject of a lot of criticism lately, and it’s not all about coal ash.</p><p>For the past month, Duke had workers apply a chemical to the roots of trees near power lines in Charlotte’s Myers Park, Dilworth and Sedgefield neighborhoods. Needless to say, many residents were quite upset.</p><p>This week, Duke responded to those concerns by suspending the program. But Duke plans to restart the program after the company retools its outreach efforts.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:57:39 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 48769 at Duke Energy Stops Tree Treatments After Customers Complain Of Poor Communication Charlotte's Tree Canopy Cover Increases To 47 Percent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A new report on tree canopy cover shows that Charlotte and Mecklenburg County both saw an increase in the percentage of land shaded by trees between 2008 and 2012.</p><p>Engineers will present the full results of the latest study before city council Monday night.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:13:24 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 44616 at Charlotte's Tree Canopy Cover Increases To 47 Percent City Makes First Land Purchase From Tree Mitigation Fund <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>For the last two years, as part of its ordinance, the city of Charlotte has given some developers the option of saving a portion of the trees on their property or to pay.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The fund they pay into now has more than half-a-million dollars. And the city just made its first land purchase using some of that money.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:11:21 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 40089 at City Makes First Land Purchase From Tree Mitigation Fund A Trifling Place, Episode 6: When Cankerworms Attack <p>Welcome to "<a href="" target="_blank">A Trifling Place</a>," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In our last episode (<a href="" target="_blank">Charlotte's Tree Obsession</a>), we ended with this sound bite:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Die, cankerworm, die!"&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's city </span>arborist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Donald </span>McSween<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;back in 2008 when WFAE's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Lisa Miller followed him on his war against the cankerworms</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He also had some help: citizen soldiers like Sophia Hollingsworth.&nbsp;</span></p><p>"We picked them off and didn’t feel bad at all about mooshing them because we felt it was one less cankerworm," Hollingsworth says. "And I don’t feel bad about any of them dying. It’s the canopy that Charlotte is known for and the trees are more important than the caterpillars.&nbsp;Hate the green monster."</p><p>Five years later, <a href="" target="_blank">the fight against the inch-long creatures</a> continues.</p><p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:41:33 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 21440 at A Trifling Place, Episode 6: When Cankerworms Attack By The Numbers: Charlotte's Trees <div><p></p><p></p></div><ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>49</strong>: Percent of tree canopy lost <a href="" style="font-weight: normal;" target="_blank">between 1995 and 2008</a></span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>One</strong>: Public tree for every seven residents </span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>$11.83</strong></span>: Amount spent per person on its street trees</li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>215</strong>: Tree species in the city's inventory.&nbsp;P</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">redominant tree species are willow oak and&nbsp;</span>crapemyrtle</li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">$166</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: Total benefits of an average street tree</span></span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>28: </strong>Million cubic feet of&nbsp;</span>stormwater<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;intercepted annually&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>$2.1:</strong>&nbsp;Million dollars in&nbsp;</span>stormwater<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;management savings</span> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 15:06:10 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 20800 at By The Numbers: Charlotte's Trees Episode 5: Charlotte's Tree Obsession <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Welcome to "</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">A Trifling Place</a>,"<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of the seven cities I've lived and worked in, Charlotte has got to be most green. When you're getting ready for an airplane landing, it's like you're descending into a forest. Once you're on the ground, you quickly learn trees are a big part of the city's identity.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:45:51 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 20592 at Episode 5: Charlotte's Tree Obsession Greensboro Strikes Back Over Duke's Tree Trimming <p></p><p>Duke Energy has more than 90,000 miles of overhead power lines across the Carolinas, which makes for a lot of tree-trimming to keep the lines clear – and a lot of complaints about that trimming. In Greensboro, the typical frustration is shaping into a legal battle between Duke and the city.</p><p>"Vegetation management" is the technical term for it, but residents of several old neighborhoods near downtown Greensboro use other words.</p><p>"Duke Power came in and just clear-cut the area," said Jay James at a Tuesday night meeting of the Greensboro City Council.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:11:03 +0000 Julie Rose 18000 at Several Hundred Trees Cleared Since Billboard Law's Passage <P>A new North Carolina law that allows the state to override local tree-protection ordinances has resulted in the loss of several hundred trees that covered at least 50 acres near billboards in Charlotte, according to the city's arborist.&nbsp;</P> <P>How the legislation is implemented is still being determined by the state Department of Transportation. The process involves a public comment period that ends Friday.</P> <P>Before Senate Bill 83 passed last March, billboard companies were at the mercy of local ordinances if they wanted to cut down trees. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:32:56 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 4920 at Several Hundred Trees Cleared Since Billboard Law's Passage Tree Climbing's Not Just For Kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte is known for trees, so it's fitting that every year </span>arborists<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> gather here to show off their tree-scaling skills. The Charlotte </span>Arborists<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Association's Annual Tree Climbing Competition is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Freedom Park. </span>WFAE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Julie Rose went for a preview.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Julie Rose 9347 at Tree Climbing's Not Just For Kids