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The Latest: Nashville says trees will be moved for NFL draft

March 30, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Nashville’s plans to cut down trees for an NFL draft stage (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Responding to public pressure, Nashville Mayor David Briley says the city is not going to cut down 21 ornamental cherry trees to make space for an NFL draft stage.

In a Saturday news release, Briley says he has informed the NFL and Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. that they will have to remove the trees intact and replant them in the city. Any trees that are diseased or near death will be replaced with new, healthy trees.

The trees were to be cut down on Monday, just ahead of Nashville’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival includes a walk along the tree-lined downtown riverfront on April 13. The 2019 NFL draft takes place in Nashville April 25-27.

12:00 p.m.

Nashville is planning to cut down 21 mature cherry trees to make space for a stage that will host NFL draft events.

The Tennessean reports the trees are scheduled to be cut down on Monday, just ahead of the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival includes a walk along the tree-lined downtown riverfront on April 13. The 2019 NFL draft takes place in Nashville April 25-27.

To help make up for the destroyed trees, the NFL and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. each plan to donate 100 cherry trees to Metro Parks. The existing trees will be turned into mulch for use at other parks.

Nashville Tree Foundation Board President Noni Nielsen calls the removal “incredibly short-sighted” for a one-time event that will last only a few days.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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