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Menlo Park's majestic redwoods

From: domainremoved <Carol>
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2019 14:56:20 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
Dear City Council members,
Due to health issues I will not be able to attend today's meeting to discuss the redwood trees. I have written a letter to you, expressing my thoughts, and would appreciate your consideration to my concerns..

To the members of the Menlo Park City Council:


We proudly call our town Tree City. On the city's own website, it states: "Menlo Park desires a thick urban forest to protect and preserve the scenic beauty and natural environment of the city.  Menlo Park’s urban forest provides multiple environmental, economic and aesthetic benefits for residents, businesses and visitors. Trees provide shade and reduce energy consumption. They improve air and water quality, provide habitat value, attract tourists, businesses and customers, and impart a distinct character to our city. Menlo Park is a Tree City USA and was honored with the  Arbor Day Foundation’s Growth Award . Our urban forestry program maintains, sustains and enhances Menlo Park's tree canopy."


It's ironic and terribly tragic how we can state that we love our town for the beauty of its trees and at the same time cut them down at our first convenience . We treasure them so much, that if the roots of these majestic redwoods impede upon a parking garage for instance, rather than finding ways of blocking root growth from damaging a garage in the first place, we cut these stately heritage trees down. It's the simplest and most cost effective way of handling "the problem".


I know redwoods well. We have six of them on our property, and they share their space with five oaks. It was these majestic trees that sold us on our property, and it's the town's redwoods and oaks that bring families to live here. It's these particular trees that give any passerby on El Camino a feeling of relaxation and a sense of wonder.


It will be a sad day, indeed, when Menlo Park City chooses to destroy healthy heritage redwood trees that have done nothing other than provide beauty, given life-saving oxygen to our air, and provided numerous small animals and birds shelter and food.


Please do not cut down these magnificent giants! Please leave these handsome trees that are special to our town and to California. Find every way of saving these redwoods so that we can live up to calling our town "Tree City".


Carol Taggart

Valparaiso Ave.

Menlo Park




Received on Tue Jan 08 2019 - 14:53:09 PST

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