City needs to find its inner tree-hugger
Feb 20, 2018 | 2874 views | 0 0 comments | 181 181 recommendations | email to a friend | print
State Senator Tony Avella last week released the results of a survey he sent to thousands of his constituents inquiring about the state of the city-owned trees in front of their home.

Nearly 70 percent responded that they fear for the safety of their families due to the condition of a tree near their property, with one respondent scrawling “absolutely terrified” across the top of their survey in all-caps.

Obviously, most of the people who are going to take the time to fill out a survey and return it probably have an issue with the tree in front of their home, but given that the senator's office received close to 1,300 responses and one-third of them were actually positive, shows that the problem is real for many.

In addition to simply being a matter of safety, with the attention being paid to climate change and the gradual paving over of our city that adds to the negative effects of storm water runoff, the city should be even more concerned about caring for and preserving the green infrastructure we already have.

The Parks Department should be proactive about maintaining the city's trees, not just to save lives, but to help save the planet.
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