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Letter of the Day: The fate of oaks

  • 2/2/2014: B2: NEW LIFE FOR OLD OAK: Students and grounds crews saw 3-inch planks from a 250-year-old valley oak tree at the gateway to the Santa Rosa Junior College campus that was felled by a storm in November. Students and staff members will transform wood from the tree into benches and tables.

    PC: Students and SRJC grounds crews saw three inch planks from the trunk of a 250 year-old valley oak tree that fell near the sign at the front of the school last November. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

<b>The fate of oaks</b>

EDITOR: Sonoma County appears to have a two-faced relationship with its heritage trees, oaks in particular.

When Santa Rosa Junior College loses its iconic oak trees from wind and disease, they are mourned with Native American ceremonies and tears ("More old oaks coming down," April 4). Yet the city of Windsor sanctioned the removal of five oaks of equal age and majesty earlier this year to make room for yet another shopping center ("Old makes way for new," March 5).

These removals are always justified by experts' reports that rot was present and, anyway, we'll plant x number of new trees as mitigation. The bottom line is the continuing triumph of development interests over our irreplaceable natural heritage.

ROBIN FACTOR

Santa Rosa


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