Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Jan. 25, 2022

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Letter: Make trees a priority in Vancouver

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It was an alarming surprise to drive on Mill Plain at the old Vancouver library building and see the ribbons of death on three of the four magnificent trees that were planted in the 1960s.

It is my understanding that the city trees are being killed for the sole purpose of modifying the existing C-Tran stop. There is no commerce at this location for the public to utilize and no immediate neighborhood residences. When you drive past this location on Mill Plain, you will note that a number of trees have already been removed.

Standing trees at this location are of many species and are a part of the educational value in this location, and they provide benefits in addition to the beauty of the location, including homes for wildlife and birds.

The priorities of the city, and the impact on our valued and honored “Tree City USA” status, are questionable. The need for livability, green growth, education, fresh air for schoolchildren and others are immeasurable in the city. Is it too late for citizens to be heard and to do the best for the city?

I sincerely request that the city develop a plan that puts a priority on trees in Vancouver.

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