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Re: Laurel School Upper Campus Construction Update

From: Christina (Stroup) Peretz <"Christina>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 04:04:50 +0000

cc: city council, willows neighborhood
Dear Ahmad and All,
I received notice regarding the planned removal of a large oak tree on the Laurel School upper campus.
I understand that the decision was difficult and agonizing.  This suggests that there must be alternatives to making this tree safe rather than simply removing it.
There is ample research indicating that green spaces and exposure to nature benefits children and adults.  In fact, a recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrated improved cognitive outcomes in elementary school children that had increased natural vegetation around their school grounds.  
Increased vegetation/trees reduce city noise and stress.  Neighborhoods with a higher density of trees have lower crime rates. 
I strongly believe that we should do all that we can do to protect our old growth and keep our schools and neighborhoods green.

Are there other options that would protect the students and the public while preserving this tree on campus for the benefit of all?

Thank you,Christina Peretz MD, MS


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