Big Trees Need More Protection, Say DFW Advocates
Published April 1, 2021 By JULIE THIBODEAUX
By now, it's happened to every tree lover.
You drive by a wooded lot on your route or admire a stand of trees outside an office window. You might even mistake it for a park.
And then one day you look and it's gone.
Bulldozers are pushing trunks into a pile. Some shell-shocked survivors dot the landscape.
And you blurt out:
“Don’t we have a tree ordinance?”
Recently, Don and Debora Young went to a favorite shady spot along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River in west Fort Worth, behind Whole Foods. They expected to see a familiar stand of towering trees. Instead they found a circle of stumps. The couple — long-time conservationists and cofounders of the Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area — surveyed the site in horror.
“These giants were stacked up like cordwood for about a quarter mile,” Don Young wrote in a Facebook post last month. “They must have been among the oldest trees left in town. I measured one at more than four feet in diameter. Seems to me there should stricter code enforcement for protecting treasures such as this.”
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