Deeply Rooted

As noted in the February issue of the Pecan Press, I am now serving as the chair of the Hyde Park Tree Preservation Committee. I am excited to take on this role and look forward to tre(e)mendously serving the neighborhood!

Dendrolatry and tree preservation are embedded in the soul of Hyde Park. Monroe Shipe, the original developer of Hyde Park, understood the value and mythical nature of trees; and a number of his original plantings remain along our streets and avenues. Attention was certainly given to the preservation of the Central Texas ecosystem in the envisionment of the neighborhood as evident with the many heritage trees that remain today. Frank “Fruit Tree” Ramsey, whose nursery existed for decades north of his 45th and Avenue B residence, continued this legacy by making pecans, crepe myrtles, and other fruiting trees available to residents.

A host of Hyde Parkers have served in various roles of tree preservation in the neighborhood and throughout Austin. For example, Dorothy Richter and Margret Hofmann were involved with the original Tree Preservation Ordinance as well as the Heritage Tree amendment in 2010. In addition, other dedicated neighbors played a significant role in documenting the historic landscape at the Elisabet Ney Museum, as well as assisting with readjusting the clearance standards for tree trimming along utility right-of-ways.

Please contact me at jawalewski@gmail.com or walewski@tamu.edu to join in this noble effort.

–John Walewski