Ah, spring! All around town, trees burst with life. Lush foliage turns Westport into a green wonderland.
Meanwhile, all around town too, trees are being chopped down.
An alert “06880” reader writes:
You’ve written about the loss of trees on the Merritt Parkway, near Trader Joe’s and at Stop & Shop.
Now there’s a new lane being added to Main Street at Clinton and Compo. For some reason on Easton Road, many new stumps show where mature trees were taken down.
And on single-house development sites, it seems they bulldoze every scrap of vegetation down, to be replaced with a row of small lollipops of boxwood and lawn.
Over the weekend, checking in on my child’s homework at Staples, I was surprised but pleased to see that this was an assigned video:
Seems like Mr. Heaphy is right in step with 3-time Fulbright Award-winning geobiologist/author Hope Jahren.
Last night, my Westport book group unanimously loved her new book, Lab Girl. In the epilogue she says, “Planet Earth is nearly a Dr. Seuss book made real: every year since 1990 we have created more than 8 billion new stumps.”
This morning, the New York Times headline cited global warming as a reason for the frightening increase in wildfires worldwide.
Another alert “06880” reader — Colleen Zapfel — writes:
I noticed 2 weeks ago that trees lining the south side of Sasco Creek, directly across from the Christmas tree farm between Green’s Farms Road and Beachside Avenue, have been cut down too.
Along with dogs and entitled parkers, trees seem to elicit some of the strongest “06880” comments of any topic. Of course, many Westporters defend tree-cutting, for a variety of reasons.
What do you think? Are we felling too many trees? Are the readers above over-reacting? Click “Comments” to join the discussion.