Opinion: Oregon City needs to steward its magnificent trees
I am writing this letter in response to the well-developed and "teachable moment'' letter of Dorothy Dahlsrud regarding tree retention in Oregon City's Park Place Park.
Dorothy was a very committed member of Oregon City's Natural Resource Committee, which I and others founded a decade and a half ago. She always was an advocate for a good and healthy tree canopy and helped guide us on "The Heritage Tree Program." Her article, regarding the possible removal of very old Atlas cedars, in conjunction with Park Place Park, certifies the crossroads we are all facing at this time.
We have just experienced horrible events that drastically affected our green legacy. Oregon City, as well, was hit hard. When we talk about "sustainability" and matters of "resiliency," these are not just buzzwords. We all must walk the walk.
Those five trees Dorothy discussed store nearly 100 tons of carbon in their stems and an equal amount in their roots and soil activity. We must encourage and expect our city and civic leaders to take matters, like more "tree destruction," seriously.
No one's going to bail us out this time. The ball is in our court and we must expect results that steward the legacy from each other and our civic leaders.
Jerry Herrmann is a Gladstone resident and president of Rivers of Life, a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing opportunities for at-risk youth through environmental restoration in the Willamette Valley.
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