Think before you cut

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Dear Editor,

I have been watching the tree work being done after the snow storms in January and I am concerned. I have worked in three major storms in the East and I have never seen such butchery and urban logging after a disaster before.

The International Society of Arboriculture would frown on the out dated and ignorant tree practices still being done here in Mount Shasta, such as the spurring and topping of trees.

Trees here are young compared to the 200 to 300 year old trees on the East Coast where I am from, and yet trees here are being removed unnecessarily.

I think about our children and future generations. How are we living up to being Tree City USA?

I believe you agree we need to hold a higher standard. We need to save and take care of our damaged trees for their value to our community.

We need to end the urban logging mentality and the fear factor. Trees are a renewable urban resource, but who wants to wait around for the results?

Let’s take care of what we have left.

Steven Barry

Mount Shasta