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In praise of trees

Posted: August 29, 2008 9:59 p.m.
Updated: October 31, 2008 5:00 a.m.
“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.”

Too bad our society seems to have lost its appreciation of trees. They’re great for the environment. When I moved here in 1972 there was a marvelous oak tree in the middle of Lyons Avenue, said to be 400 years old. Then one day it was gone, removed, it was said, by Newhall Land and Farming Co. That was just the
beginning of cutting down more and more trees by the thousands to make room for development. I know people have to live somewhere, and people have a right to profit on the land they’ve invested in. But there ought to be some thought to protecting natural beauty.

Now some people want to cut down a whole lot more trees in Towsley Canyon near the Ed Davis Park to make room for senior housing. Please don’t let this happen.

I’m a senior (74 years old) and sympathize with the need for senior housing, but can’t we do it somewhere that doesn’t require cutting down still more trees? This is one of the only places left in this area where hikers can get away from the city. Don’t let them spoil it.


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