Letters to the Dallas Morning News Editor
This will be a regular feature, partnering with the Dallas Morning News as they cover the issues that involve our local trees, the people that work to conserve and to protect them and their environment and those who benefit from their proliferation, the citizens of the Metroplex. If you see a Letter to the Editor in the Dallas Morning news we may have missed regarding a tree or arborilogical issue, please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can write your own letter showing your appreciation for coverage of these types of issues or you can ask them for more. Speak out. It is your venue for getting your voice heard in local media.
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April 7, 2008 Tree campaign still just talk
Re: “More Trees, Please – City policy strips Dallas of some of its green,” Wednesday Editorials.I lived in Dallas almost 30 years ago in a condo on Skillman Road when bulldozers mowed down dozens of old oaks along a creek to put in a pipeline and build more condos. At the time, I was shocked, but found out it was legal. Thirty years later, and you’re still just talking about it.
How many trees have been bulldozed in that time waiting for someone to make a simple decision?
In the new home developments surrounding San Antonio, you will see homes that are wrapped in old live oaks. The homes were built with a minimum of destruction, preserving the beauty and value of the property. It’s time to catch up, Dallas.
Diana Prichard, Lake Dallas
April 6, 2008 The trouble with tree policy
Re: “City’s tree policy isn’t particularly green,” Wednesday Editorial.The editorial accurately pinpoints the person we should rely on as a voice of authority in matters of Dallas’ tree policy: the arborist. And yes, the destruction of an old, varied grouping of trees replaced by a cheaply produced monoculture of saplings, planted in a rigid line, rarely approximates what has been lost.
Even if trees are slated for preservation, the bulldozing around them and the indiscriminate running into them ensures a death sentence for “protected trees.” As this procedure happened on my street, I met with city arborists many times. They had interjected these concerns every step of the way. One told me that professional advice goes regularly unheeded because an arborist’s perspective “costs money.”
We need to work on the current policy and, most of all, we need to listen to the professionals in these matters, the city arborists.
Laray Polk, Dallas
April 5, 2008 City neglects tree preservation
Re: “More Trees, Please – City policy strips Dallas of some of its green,” Wednesday Editorials.
Your editorial on Dallas trees was spot-on. As a resident of one of those older neighborhoods that developers are overrunning, it is readily apparent to me that the city is not giving much priority or attention to efforts to preserve the mature trees we have. It would seem that the public relations value of demonstrating green activity as good corporate sponsors is sidetracking us.While it is imperative that new trees be planted, we should not neglect the fact that these trees will take many years (say three to five decades) before becoming the canopy shade trees that we ultimately want them to become.
Jim Folger, Dallas
June 3, 2007 Trees’ great benefits
Re: “Can trees really offset emissions? — Some call them ‘indulgences’; others say plantings can’t hurt,” by Michael Hill, Associated Press To downplay the importance of tree planting because trees will not solve all our emission problems completely avoids significant research. The article only covered carbon sequestration but not ozone, airborne particulate matter or UV rays, all of which have negative effects on our health.
Research concludes that trees have a positive effect on each problem plus a multitude of other benefits. We must plant more trees to have livable communities. If it makes you feel more comfortable, call yourself an air-hugger.
Steve Houser, Wylie
April 19, 2007
Re: “Seeding the value of Dallas’ trees,” by Robert Miller, Sunday Business.Steve Houser has long been a much-respected conservationist and businessman, whose integrity and passionate devotion to Dallas urban forest cannot be denied. His leadership with the Urban Forest Advisory Committee is taking us places we had not reached.We have just scratched the surface of what Dallas can accomplish in protecting its forests. Steve is showing us how.
Philip Erwin, Grand Prairie
April 20, 2007 Trees: Silent beauties
Re: “Seeding the value of Dallas’ trees,” by Robert Miller, Sunday Business.Hooray for your coverage of Steve Houser’s tree-related efforts. It is refreshing to see people who work so hard to inspire us to think about the future of our community. For too long we have simply looked at trees as an environmental issue. These silent beauties save us real money, too. Great job.
Steve Barrett, Plano