FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2017
Contact: Corey Granderson
Contact: John Scott
Parks and Recreation Department
Rupple Road Lane Closures for Tree Planting and Landscaping
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Contractors for the City of Fayetteville are landscaping areas of Rupple Road between W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and W. Persimmon Street from February 23 through the end of April. The project will require intermittent single-lane closures on Rupple Road. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times with alternating closures of the inside lane of Rupple Road. Drivers are encouraged to exercise caution during times when workers are present and follow all advisory and regulatory signage.
Approximately 194 trees will be planted along this section of Rupple Road. Bald Cypress, Willow Oak, and Shortleaf Pine will be planted in the median; American Hornbeam and Ginkgo will be planted in the roundabouts. Street trees create economic, environmental, and behavioral benefits to our community. They provide shade and wildlife habitat, act as wind blocks, and add beauty. Trees also remove huge quantities of pollutants from the air, aid in erosion control, and decrease peak stormwater runoff. To learn more about City’s Urban Forestry division, including resources on how to plant trees, visit this City webpage.
Butterfly milkweed and wildflower mixes with edging and mulching will also be installed to create complete planting areas. In 2015, Mayor Lioneld Jordan took the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge and pledged to help the Monarch butterfly and other pollinators – including increasing habitat. Monarch butterflies are found across the United States and numbered some 1 billion in 1996. Their numbers have declined by approximately 90 percent since 1996 because of numerous threats. One third of the monarch’s summer breeding habitat has been destroyed, largely in the Midwestern United States. Milkweed, the only host plant for monarch caterpillars, has declined in the U.S. due to overuse of herbicides by commercial agriculture and conventional gardening practices in suburban and urban areas. Background information on the Monarch butterfly decline and actions for improving habitat can be found here.