More than 20 cherry blossom trees will be removed along First Avenue ahead of the upcoming NFL Draft in Nashville, city officials confirmed Saturday.
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After the trees are removed Monday morning from Riverfront Park, they will be turned into mulch and used on trails in Metro Parks, according to information provided by Metro Government officials.
According to Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitor Corp., the trees that will be removed will be replaced.
However, local environmental groups like the Nashville Tree Foundation are outraged by the news. In a statement to News 2, Board President Noni Nielson said, “It seems incredibly short-sighted to cut down trees that took 15+ years to grow for the convenience of a one-time, 48-hour event.”
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