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Removal of heritage trees at MP VA and local impact

From: domainremoved <Sarah>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:21:56 +0000 (UTC)

I understand there is a plan to remove heritage trees (I am not sure how many) at the MP VA to create space for something (not sure if it's buildings or open space, etc.).
I ask you to reconsider this action given our drought circumstances and the debilitating effect this has had on our local vegetation. These heritage trees, unless posing danger to falling and injuring property or people, need to be retained for our environment and our neighborhood. We are immensely lucky to be in an area that has abundant trees to provide shade, filter the air, charm and character to our locale. Please do not alter the topography unless absolutely necessary.
I have lived in the Menlo Oaks area since 1965 (at age 6 months). My late father did his psychiatric internship in 1956-57 at the MP VA and ultimately practiced, through Stanford Medical School, at the PA VA. I have tremendous esteem for the services the VA provides to our community members and our country and am supportive of the modernization efforts that have occurred over the last 10 years. I simply want to ensure that removal of trees occurs for thoughtful, valuable reasons. I also ask that relocation of the trees be considered (probably not likely given their likely age), such as what Stanford does when construction requires the removal or relocation of heritage trees.
Regards, Sarah
Received on Fri May 27 2016 - 10:27:36 PDT

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