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Readers weigh in on election results and how to care for the city's tree canopy

Don't forget benefits of sunlight in tree discussion

Reading about the LO tree canopy I was hoping to see some discussion of opening the canopy a bit to allow the benefits of the sun to reach the ground. Tangled, dense over growth in many areas is very noticeable with the result of ice storm damage, mossy roofs, clogged gutters and permanent shade all day.

Grass doesn't do well under big fir trees.

Gas powered blowers are too noisy. Agree. Putting small business yard maintenance people out of business by banning them seems to be a rather cruel idea. Do you remember the way plants grow? CO2 in, O2 out. Plants love it … 5% increase in canopy coverage over the past few years?

I love trees and the sunshine. Both. Work for that direction.

Alan Marble


A historic moment

With the passage of the citizens' Measure 3-568, Lake Oswego voters have chosen to leave an everlasting legacy of wilderness to future generations.

They have chosen to help in the global fight against climate change by protecting nature from development.

They have chosen a legacy that conserves our natural habitats for the abundant wildlife that call them home and for future residents to enjoy all their splendor.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all Lake Oswego voters who cast their ballots in this November's special election and every volunteer, donor and supporter involved in our LoveLOParks grassroots citizen-led effort over the last 24 months that made this possible! November 2, 2021 will forever be a historic moment for our community.

Scott Handley

Lake Oswego

Appreciation for parks staff, volunteers

To the Parks and Recreation Department staff and volunteers,

I have volunteered in the LO Parks for most of the 24 years I have lived in LO. I've pulled ivy, planted new plants, removed debris after windstorms, and helped plan and lead the preschool walks in Springbrook Park. I have always found the staff and volunteers to be very responsive and respectful. We all care deeply about the health and accessibility of our city parks.

I became very concerned when the backers of Ballot Measure 3-568 started making false accusations about the intentions of the Parks Department and the city to allow development in our natural areas. Staff were made out to have nefarious intentions, just itching to sell off park lands. If you look at recent history, the department has purchased land to save it from developers and expand the park system. It has also expanded existing natural areas in collaboration with park friends groups.

I'm even more concerned about how long-time volunteers were portrayed. Springbrook Park, for example, would be an ivy-choked mess if not for the leadership of the Friends of Springbrook Park. Iron Mountain Park would not be as healthy or accessible as it is today if not for the hard work of the Friends of Iron Mountain group.

Have there been problems and missteps? Yes. But they have been worked out through public involvement and the collaboration of all involved.

Thank you to the Parks Department staff and the hundreds of park volunteers! We can pass all the initiatives we want but our parks and natural areas would be nowhere without these people.

Sara McKean

Lake Oswego

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