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Minding the Maritime Forest

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

In an article published in the Florida Times Union on April 9, 2023, Deborah Arnold covers the history of Amelia Tree Conservancy and the history of tree preservation on Amelia Island.

"In 2013 the inspiration for the Amelia Tree Conservancy arrived on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Nassau County inspectors were home celebrating the holiday when a tactical unit of earth movers and backhoes descended onto the property east of the roundabout where South Fletcher Avenue meets First Coast Highway. Twenty-eight trees were destroyed, and all but three were live oaks. Dump trucks were at the ready to haul away the carcasses.

"A few of those trees even predated the Revolutionary War.  It wasn’t necessary to destroy all of them."

Read the full article here.


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