Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Trees Bite the Dust

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools. ~John Muir

Well, OK, maybe trees in Hudson haven't survived avalanches, a thousand tempests, or even floods for that matter, but . . . .

A Gossips reader provided this photograph and reported that, on Saturday, trees along Partition Street behind 9 Union Street, a property owned by Eric Galloway, were being cut down. This raises the question of why someone who owns numerous properties in Hudson and seems to want to be the city's benefactor is hell-bent on its deforestation. Why does he cut down mature trees--in some cases, heritage trees--while at the same time planting new trees so small their chance of survival is marginal?

Trees may be located on property belonging to an individual landowner, but they benefit the whole community--improving air quality, stabilizing the soil, abating noise pollution, and increasing property values. When trees are cut down, the whole community suffers the loss. A tree preservation ordinance would prohibit the indiscriminate destruction of trees by requiring a property owner to show just cause for removing trees.  

Sign the tree petition now, while you still have the chance. Let the Common Council know that you believe trees are essential to Hudson's well-being.   

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