Winston-Salem, NC -- Officials with the City of Winston-Salem are considering putting a few trees on the chopping block in Old Salem.
Old Salem is known for its charm, its portrayal of a simpler time and its closeness to nature. So, why does the city want to cut down trees in and around the historical streets?
"We don't want people to feel like, Old Salem does not want to preserve the trees in the area. We have been removing and replacing trees in this area for the longest," said John Larson
The seven trees in question are along the streets of Old Salem. WFMY News 2 is told city leaders want to remove the trees because they're damaged, some are dying and others pose a safety hazard.
One worker said there's nothing new to removal of the trees and people shouldn't be alarmed because they will be replaced.
"The ultimate question is: can we save everything, or can we save all the trees? What is the long-term solution for protecting the urban canopy," said John Larson, director at Old Salem Museums & Gardens.
Larson added Old Salem doesn't have any original trees planted by the Moravian's. As for a decision, the city's Historic Resource Commission held a hearing on Wednesday at 4 p.m. And if the city gives the green light to remove and replace the trees, new trees could be planted sometime in the fall.
Old Salem Museums & Gardens staff invites anyone to take their tree tour. It's called "A Walking Guide to the Trees of Old Salem. For more information, visit Old Salem Website.
WFMY News 2