Road may lose only one tree, mayor says
By Clay Moffitt
December 12, 2006 | LOGAN -- About two months ago,
Mayor Randy Watts agreed in City Council to conduct
a study to decide if the Canyon Road expansion could
be accomplished without uprooting trees on certain residences
along the road. Now the study is just about complete
and things are looking pretty optimistic for arboreal
"The only question is really about one tree," Watts
said. "It's looking like only one tree is going to be
The most vocal defender of the trees was Canyon Road
resident Larry Cannon. He and his wife, Helen, have
lived on the road for more than 40 years with the trees
being a major component of their property, and they
wouldn't let them go without a fight.
To protest during the fall, Cannon stood in front
of his house holding a sign that read, "Enjoy the trees?
Tell the mayor." On Sunday, Oct. 15, the local paper,
The Herald Journal, ran a color picture of him
holding the sign on its front page. Apparently enough
people saw the sign and let the mayor know, and he addressed
the tree issue in city council the following Tuesday.
Watts said he thinks the one tree that will be cut
down is located on Mark Lunt's property, but he's not
sure how the Cannons will react to that even though
they will get to keep the trees on their property. "At
first Larry and Helen were saying any tree was too many
trees," Watts said.
However, in October, Cannon told the Hard News
Café he understood the street development was a
necessary process, he just wanted it done in a way that
would preserve the trees.
Watts emphasized in the end, the residents of Cache
Valley will appreciate new layout of the street. "It's
really going to help as far as flow on Canyon Road,"
The official results of the study won't be released
until the noise study is finished also, which Watts
said he believes will be in the next two to three weeks.
He also projected the construction of the project will
be complete sometime in the middle of the summer.