On Friday I was eating dinner on Cherry St, and I noticed a sign that said Stop the Chop. It said something about saving trees at Woodward Park and listed this website. I hadn't heard about this so I checked it out.
According to Stopthechop.net the parks department wants to cut corners on tree maintenance by cutting down trees at Woodward. The parks dept says that the trees they want to cut down are diseased and need to come down, but an independent arborist has looked at the trees and concluded that they don't need to be cut down.
the Certified Arborist concludes that all the 'aging, damaged and diseased' trees marked for destruction are only 20 to 40 years old, pose no immediate threat, and need only 1-2 hours of routine maintenance to return them to health.If it is true that all it takes is a couple hours of maintenance per tree to save them, then that is what needs to happen. It seems to me that cutting a few limbs off these trees would be cheaper than cutting them down, so I can't imagine that this is money issue. You can sign a petition to save the Woodward Park trees by clicking here. In the meantime I plan to look into this issue further, I'll let you know what I find out.
[update] Hat tip to Jeff Shaw. Apparently it is cheaper to cut the trees down now than to continue to maintain them over time. Sounds like a pretty lame excuse to me but that is the rational.
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