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Christine Andretti: 'Yes, we were hit hard by the ice storm, but most of the damage was due to complacency.'

COUTESY PHOTO - In the Red Soil complex in Oregon City and owned by Clackamas County, tree stumps are everywhere.Walking through the Red Soil complex is like walking through a freshly logged area. Tree stumps are everywhere. I watched with disbelief as contractors chain-sawed one tree after another. No efforts were made to trim them, to save them, to save us … it seems like a bounty was placed on every single one of them, leading me to believe that the contractors were paid by the tree.

I contacted the county, which owns the land, but as of yet no one has answered my main concern, "Are you going to replant?"

Yes, we were hit hard by the ice storm, but most of the damage was due to the county's own complacency, as well as PGE's. We did the minimum when it came to nurturing our trees. No trimming, no health evaluation, no arborist on sight ... taking them for granted, viewing them as disposable when in the way. Planting the wrong kind of trees, while throwing away the evergreens which withstood the storm quite well ... but we need trees. Trees have proven to be one of the most important allies in mitigating climate change. They are our planet's lungs. But obviously Clackamas County and the city of Oregon City do not care about this fact. Concrete and housing development are kings. Greed rules like anywhere else.

I envision a hot summer ahead with no shade. I envision a future with no trees. I envision no future for the next generations. What will it take for the decision-makers to listen?

I would rather pay a replanting fee than a pavement fee any day!

Earth Day is coming. Let's make it a real tree day and join forces to make it green again, because our lives depend on it.

Christine Andretti is a resident of Oregon City.


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