Tree advocates earned a small victory when the controversial Brackenridge Park Bond Project was pulled off the Texas Historical Commission (THC) agenda on Feb. 1, delaying the city’s plan to chop 77 heritage trees.
According to the THC, the project was removed from the agenda due to travel safety amid the freezing weather. It will be discussed at the next meeting.
Bird mitigation and deterrent techniques including removing old nests and clearing underbrush commenced at the park on February 3 and will continue until the end of March 2023.
The City claims that minimizing the impacts of large rookeries will improve wildlife biodiversity, water quality, and amenity access since bird feces may contain diseases that cause respiratory problems in humans, pollute the water, and cause damage to park amenities.
Read previous coverage:
- Ignoring advocates, city pushes to axe heritage trees and expel protected birds in Brackenridge Park
- Brackenridge Park’s Heritage Trees Spared During Public Input Process