EDMOND — Winners have been named for this year's E-Tree awards for outstanding efforts in fostering a healthy, valuable urban forest in Edmond.
Carpet Interiors Inc., owned by Mary Hauser, received the Outstanding Urban Forest Enhancement award, and Warren Filley and Wayne Sadeghy of Belmont Farms each won the Outstanding Urban Forest Preservation award.
“Businesses, individual citizens and developers such as Carpet Interiors, Warren Filley and Wayne Sadeghy contribute to making Edmond a ‘Great Place to Grow,'” said Leigh Martin, the city's Urban Forestry assistant.
Hauser originally developed the site now occupied by Silver Tree Interiors, 1801 E 15th St.
“Existing native trees were incorporated into the landscape when the site was constructed,” Jason Wilke, member of the city's Urban Forestry Commission, said during the awards presentation. “In addition, permeable materials were used for the driveway and parking area, ensuring the continued health of these trees.”
When Filley built his home in 1987, he designed it around a large blackjack oak tree.
“They took measures to have the home designed around the tree, set up a tree protection zone and then build a deck above the root zone to avoid compacting,” Wilke said.
In 2010, a stone patio replaced the deck after the structure was damaged. Filley remained adamant not to damage the tree. He used a ventilation system to avoid the tree's roots, a system similar to the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
“The tree is still thriving and serves as a great example of placing value on Edmond's historic landscape of native forests,” Wilke said.
Sadeghy, a local developer, takes measures to avoid removing all trees outright when preparing new residential lots.
In the Belmont Farms development, Sadeghy oversaw the relocation of up to 200 trees.