|Photo: William Hellermann
These Google images show Rope Alley between Third and Fourth streets as it was in August 2016 and as it still was until very recently.
These pictures show the same stretch of Rope Alley as it appeared yesterday.
This diagram, drawn by a neighbor who has been witnessing the destruction, documents the major trees that were felled, including two pine trees estimated to have been between 60 and 85 years old.
This incident brings up again the need for a tree ordinance--something that has been discussed in Hudson for more than a decade. The benefits of trees in urban areas--reducing air pollution, conserving water and reducing soil erosion, saving energy, modifying the local climate, reducing noise pollution, creating wildlife and plant diversity, not to mention the beauty of trees and their contribution to personal health and well-being--are benefits that advantage entire neighborhoods, indeed entire communities, yet private property owners can fell trees at their own discretion, often with no good reason and without consideration for the impact the action will have on the community as a whole.
In 2016, the Conservation Advisory Council decided to put off the ambitious goal of enacting a tree ordinance in favor of pursuing more immediately attainable goals. Three years and many lost trees later, maybe it's time for the CAC to take on that ambitious challenge.
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