Dunwoody city officials say they are moving ahead this month with work on a planned multi-use trail in Brook Run Park following a judge’s decision to lift a court order temporarily halting work.

Also, city officials say fewer trees will be removed during construction of the trail than originally had been projected. A pre-construction survey of the site identified 84 trees that did not need to removed, reducing the number of trees that will be removed to 253, city officials said in a press release.

Opponents of the city’s plan for the trail have criticized it for requiring the removal of too many trees and for removing large, mature trees.

City officials said in the press release that the 102-acre Brook Run Park contains an estimated 12,000 trees and that no trees larger than 25 inches in diameter will be removed for the trail.

Of the trees to be removed, the city said, 35 are pines, 62 are hardwoods with a diameter smaller than 6 inches and 111 are hardwoods with a diameter of between 6 and 13 inches and 45 are hardwoods between 13 and 25 inches in diameter.

Joe Earle

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