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From: domainremoved <Sarah>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 06:48:54 -0700

To the City Council Members,

I am live blocks away from the Menlo Park VA Hospital and I just heard that there is a plan to remove heritage oaks on their property. I implore you to urge the VA to cancel this terrible plan. These old-growth trees are very large and beautiful and provide much-needed oxygen, shade and a natural habitat for birds, small animals — and people too! They also clear the air of polution which is essential for these neighborhoods near the 101 freeway. These trees cannot be replaced; once they are gone, they are gone. I was devastated to see a beautiful, giant old oak removed from the entrance to the VA on Willow Road to make way for a sidewalk. The lushness of the area suddenly became sterile and ugly. 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 protecting 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 <https://vimeo.com/158976411>.

Thank you,

Sarah Caplan
Received on Thu Jun 02 2016 - 06:55:00 PDT

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