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From: domainremoved <Sarah>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 14:17:12 -0700

I am a resident of the Willows and I just heard that there is a plan to remove heritage oaks on the VA property. I implore you to stop this from happening. These trees very old and provide much-needed oxygen, shade and a natural habitat for birds, small animals — and people. They also clear the air of polution — which is essential for neighborhoods near the freeway. They cannot be replaced; once they are gone, they are gone. I was devastated to see a beautiful old oak removed from the entrance to the VA on Willow Road and I strongly feel we need to protect these heritage trees as much as we can. We must understand that we need to live in harmony with our natural habitat and not destroy it for our own convenience. This is the attitude that is destroying our environment worldwide and if we don’t show respect and honor for the habitats we live in, how could there be any hope for our future and that of our children? Menlo Park has a wonderful opportunity here not only to do the right thing by prote
cting and building around these sacred trees, but to inspire other towns and cities to do the same.

If you are interested in the profound benefits of trees (and the destruction of them is a key factor in climate change), you may like to watch this documentary about the work of botanist and author Diana Beresford-Kroeger: https://vimeo.com/158976411.

Thank you,

Sarah Caplan
Received on Fri May 27 2016 - 14:23:24 PDT

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