Save Mt. Vernon trees

September 14, 2010

So now the architects are going to cut down the old trees in Mt. Vernon Park because the tree wells they're in aren't deep enough ("Tree swap is proposed in Mt. Vernon upgrade plan," Sept. 14). Have they never heard that there are old growth trees all over this country in arboretums, parks, town centers, cemeteries and most amazingly the redwood forests in California that have survived for centuries without tree wells?

Architects should leave tree planting or, in this case, tree digging-up, to the arborists and other tree experts. I love the trees in the Mt. Vernon parks. They provide great beauty, shade on hot days and improved air quality in a city not known for pristine air. It is ridiculous to assert that the trees impede the view of the monuments. I would love to see a list of tourists or residents who have ever complained about not being able to see the monuments because of the trees. Are all those photographers over there aiming their cameras at the monuments complaining? I don't think so.

I suggest that the architects go back to their drawing boards and figure out how to build bridges, tall buildings and private homes that won't be blown down by hurricanes and tornados or pancake during an earthquake rather than wasting time destroying gorgeous old growth trees. Haven't we destroyed enough trees in the last century by over-development alone without cutting more down? It takes a hundred or more years to grow trees like those in Mt. Vernon Park. Why would anyone even consider cutting them down when they are healthy? Just reading the article made me sick.

Nancy Williamson, Baltimore

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