Pecan Grove's Demise Debuts at Sedona International Film Festival

PRWeb | 2.12.09......."At What Cost?," a short documentary by Tom Suhler, has been chosen as an official selection for the Sedona International Film Festival. article

Resident releases short film documenting tree removal at Austin Java

The Daily Texan | 7.3.08.......An Austin resident released a short film on the Internet Wednesday documenting the removal of several dozen native pecan trees to make room for a condominium on Barton Springs Road. article

Austin man makes tree obituary into movie

KVUE-TV | 7.1.08.......A new film titled ďAt What Cost" is an obituary for an 89-year-old tree the filmmaker calls Baum Verde, or BV. Story @ KVUE.COM

Neighbors irked by loss of trees at condo project

KUT-FM | 7.1.08.......Some of the trees were protected, but developers were able to get permits to cut them down anyway. Story @ KUT.ORG and listen to audio here.

Tree removal in Austin is subject of short film

PRWeb | 7.1.08......."At What Cost?", a short film about the demise of a 100-year-old pecan grove in the center of Austin, debuts today on the internet. article.

Tree removal draws vehement response by musician

Austin American-Statesman | 6.28.08.......Austin musician Marcia Ball excoriated developers of a South Austin condo project for removing most of a pecan grove for the project and vowed to boycott Austin Java in response. article.

For condos to rise up, trees are cut down

Austin American-Statesman | 6.12.08.......Article on how the Barton Place Condo site clearing is an example of the changing face of the "urban forest" and an increase in impervious cover in the Austin area. See the article.

Local reaction to clearing behind Austin Java site

Austin Chronicle | 5.30.08.......News item (bottom of "Naked City" column) includes reactions to the tree cutting and a defense of the action by a partner in the development. See the story.

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RESOURCES

Tree regulations, City of Austin

The official web site of the city of Austin outlines the codes in place to maintain a viable urban forest through a combination of preservation and re-forestation. See the tree code.

'Heat Island' mitigation resolution, City of Austin

In action May 17, 2001, the Austin City Council resolved to study the fiscal impact of actions the city might take to mitigate "heat island effect" by increasing the urban tree canopy. Savings of more than $200 million in costs related to air pollution and stormwater runoff were projected. See the resolution.