City trees and the Grand Prix

August 15, 2011

The Baltimore Tree Trust, a new nonprofit whose mission is to "transform Baltimore with trees," would like to join the citizens of Baltimore in expressing our dismay at the removal of mature healthy trees on downtown streets for the convenience of the Grand Prix.

At a time when our urban forest is visibly in decline and only trees can help cool hot city streets, Baltimore should work with the race organizers to create grandstands where the audience could sit sheltered under the cooling shade of large trees. That would indeed be a win-win for all.

Jill Jonnes, W. T. Dixon Gibbs Jr., Sarah Lord

The writers are, respectively, the chair, vice chair and secretary of Baltimore Tree Trust.

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