<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.


Santa Rosa