Re: Morning Star, “Trees uprooted for revitalization.” March 27 will remain a day of infamy in memory here.
Vernon city powers sacrificed enormous, majestic trees — symbols of civic beauty, a worldwide tourist draw, and needed for great air-cleaning value — in the name of, what was that, — revitalization.
Look at other communities.
In the 1970s, Victoria’s Shelbourne Street was folded into a new artery to the city centre.
That huge effort flattened buildings and carved out new roads.
Still, saving countless trees was deemed essential.
In Kimberley, four decades of downtown tree-planting has about a 10 per cent success rate, as the party crowd loves to snap trunks too small for self-protection.
A sapling may survive and grow for years, then fall victim in seconds.
We need a short-sightedness citation to the folks responsible for this travesty.
Next we’ll see them fighting for peace.