Tree Lovers Upset

The magnolias in front of 3017 N Street, once home to Jackie Kennedy and her children, were pruned May 22, and many neighbors appear upset. “Everybody is just in an uproar,” said Betsy Emes, director of Trees for Georgetown, a program of the Citizens Association of Georgetown. The owner of the property, David Hudgens, who lives next door, could not show a permit for the work to Emes, she said. “A permit must be on-site to show to the public,” Emes said. Hudgens said he used a licensed arborist, according to Emes. Tree pruning or cutting in the District is controlled by the Urban Forestry Administration. Work without a permit can incur major fines to the property owner. “They look like special trees,” Emes said. Photo by Andy Cline.


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