FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2020
Contact: John Scott
Parks and Recreation Department
Fayetteville Offers “Bounty” for Removal of Bradford Pear Trees and Bush Honeysuckle
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— The City of Fayetteville’s Bradford Pear Bounty Program garnered national attention in 2019, with many people wishing their own communities would offer such a program. After a successful first year, the City’s Urban Forestry staff is again issuing a “bounty” on Bradford pear trees and have added bush honeysuckle to the program.
In the Northwest Arkansas region and beyond, Bradford pear trees and bush honeysuckle are considered invasive plant species that spread quickly and choke out our native trees, shrubs, and flowers. Native tree and shrub species are more beneficial to the environment and wildlife.
To spread awareness and discourage the spread of these invasive plants, the City of Fayetteville has posted a “bounty” on Bradford pear trees and bush honeysuckle with a reward of one native tree or shrub. The City of will give one native tree or native shrub to each person who cuts down a Bradford pear tree or removes bush honeysuckle on their property within city limits.
Please note that the City is unable to cut down your tree or shrubs. Property owners should cut their own tree or shrubs or hire a company. A video of proper honeysuckle identification and removal will be posted on the City website soon.
To qualify, residents are asked to take a picture of their cut-down Bradford Pear tree or bush honeysuckle in early spring. Then bring the photograph to one of the locations listed below or email the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, address, and phone number. Limit is one tree or shrub per household while supplies last. Trees will be given away on a first-come first-serve basis. Fifty (50) native trees—including bald cypress, red oak, black gum, and chinquapin oak—and twenty-five (25) native shrubs will be available to choose from. Shrub species will be identified later.
Pick-up dates and locations:
- April 6 or 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Department Office located at 1455 S. Happy Hollow Road
- April 11 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Farmers Market on the Downtown Square in front of the Town Center
Urban Forestry staff stress “Right Tree, Right Place.” Trees can take many years to reach their mature height and spread. It is important for homeowners to take all surroundings into consideration when choosing the location for their new tree. To avoid heavy pruning or removal, consider the mature height of the tree and proximity near overhead power lines. Residents should always contact Arkansas One Call at 811 or 800-482-8998 before digging. Fayetteville citizens and businesses are encouraged to learn about invasive species when choosing plants and to remove and replace invasive species on their own properties by downloading Invasive Plant Species in Fayetteville Arkansas.
QUESTIONS? Please call the Parks and Recreation Office at 479.444.3471.