Officials at Boise Art Museum want to make BAM more visible, so they've requested the Boise Parks and Recreation Forestry Unit remove seven crabapple trees from the front of the museum.
Vintage photos from the 1960s and 1970s, when the museum was known as the Boise Gallery of Art, and even the 1990s, when it was first called the Boise Art Museum, reveal immature foliage at the front of the building. In the past two decades, however, the crabapple trees have grown.
The City of Boise has posted notices near the trees to allow the public for a 30-day comment period. BAM officials say they want to see the trees removed in December, "to increase the visibility of the museum, avoid structural problems associated with the trees, and allow the museum to explore new ways to utilize the front of the building." Additionally, Boise Parks and Rec landscape architects are already working with BAM to design a new landscaping plan for replacement plantings.
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