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It’s Just a Tree, Right?

January 22, 2008

Arbor School

The Irony of this story is almost to obvious to write about. Here are the facts in a nutshell:

  • A 110 year old tree stands in the way of development
  • The development is for a school
  • The school’s name is “Arbor
  • Now, a tree that could provide shade and protection is cut down for the sake of the Arbor School.
  • Definition: ar·bor (ärbər) “A shady resting place in a garden or park”
  • Click here for the full article at The Oregonian

How could I possibly expand on this?

Now please don’t get me wrong, my family built its meager fortune (very meager) by cutting down thousands of trees in Western Oregon. I have too many deaf, retired lumberjacks in my own family tree to give me any room to dispute this. On the other hand, I see people rapidly using up what once used to be considered renewable resources. So, without trying to offend others, I see it as a personal responsibility to seek better stewardship of our resources (read: trees).

Because of this, I hate to see any tree cut unnecessarily. It seems to me that if the folks at Arbor were serious about their name, they’d have found a way to avoid cutting down this 110 year old ancestor.

What do you think? Am I whacked?

  1. January 23, 2008 9:17 am

    I’ve cut out 3 very large trees on my property because they should never have been planted there in the first place. 2 giant sequoias were uprooting an older walkway (major) and 1 western redwood was uprooting the house (which was also older than the tree).

    Sometimes people don’t think when they plant things and then 40 years down the road someone else gets to pay the $3800 to deal with the problem and replant with appropriate trees.


  2. Phil Muthersbaugh permalink
    January 23, 2008 12:22 pm

    No, you’re not whacked. Born and raised in Oregon, I have an appreciation for the environment. On the one hand I don’t believe the spotted owl is truly endangered. On the other hand, I think that renewable resources must be carefully guarded, especially such an ancient “ancestor” tree that could be used as a symbol for the school. I just don’t understand some building architects, contractors, and landowners, I guess. Good thought, Gary. How are you liking Oregon?


  3. Seth permalink
    December 9, 2008 10:12 am

    This tree would’ve been cut down in a few years anyway, with the inevitable widening of Borland Road, which it sits adjacent to. The Oregonian chose to not include that detail, some would say for the sake of a good story and supposed “irony.”


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