of Canyon Road's ash trees depends on another study
LEAFY STREET: Endangered
ash trees along Canyon Road.
By Clay Möffitt
October 18, 2006 | LOGAN -- Larry Cannon's voice is
being heard regarding the Canyon Road development, but
it remains to be seen if it will be enough to save his
Cannon, who has lived at his residence on Canyon Road
for about 40 years, was distraught when he found out
Logan city was planning on cutting down some of his
beloved ash trees on his property.
The trees were scheduled to be taken out as part of
the new plan to improve the steep dugway that connects
the intersection of 600 East and 400 North to Canyon
"When the designers got to the bottom of the road,
they decided they wanted to realign the Canyon Road
slightly -- and without giving much thought to it apparently,
they decided to take out the trees on the west end of
Logan City Council announced Tuesday that Public Works
Director Mark Nielsen will have a study conducted to
determine if the road can be widened without uprooting
any of the trees.
"Our goal is that we will examine what we need to
do to save the trees," Nielsen said. "Now those impacts
will be evaluated in regards to, 'OK, is it easy to
save them all, is it not so easy?'"
Neilsen said the study came as a result of a meeting
that he, Logan Mayor Randy Watts, Cannon and other residents
attended at Mark Lunt's home, which is located along
Canyon Road. During the meeting Nielsen agreed to determine
if it would be reasonable to perform the renovation.
Cannon says he understands the safety issues regarding
the dugway and realizes the construction will allow
traffic to flow more efficiently through the island
portion of Logan.
"All of that is important and necessary," Cannon said.
"We think it's possible to accomplish the same thing
by realigning slightly to the south without taking out
Like Cannon, Lunt opposes having the trees taken out.
Although he wants to remain in his home on Canyon Road,
he said he has not ruled out the idea of relocation.
"If our quality of life is going to really be damaged...
we would consider possibly selling," Lunt said.
But until the study is completed in six weeks, Cannon
and Lunt will have to wait.
"Until I get all the information, I'm not going to
say yea or nay, that is what our plan is," Nielsen said.
Mayor Watts acknowledged Cannon and the other residents'
concern, which pleased Cannon.
"I think the mayor is making a good faith effort to
see what can be done," Cannon said. "The mayor is a
good friend of mine and I respect his judgment, and
I'm very happy to work with him."
And on Tuesday Watts addressed some misunderstandings
circulating about his position.
"I've heard everything from we're taking all the trees
down, to my view on trees, and I'm personally now attacking
every tree, so we'll move ahead with discussion," Watts