Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Donít sacrifice the big elm tree

    The irony wasn’t lost to me when I read the article about the elm tree being removed for parking spaces next to Hailey Coffee Co.—just a few days earlier I had gratefully parked in the shade while getting a drink from that very store. I even said to myself how nice it was that the tree was there because shade is a dwindling commodity in the both Hailey and Ketchum.
    While I commend Carrie Morgridge for her expanding business, I’m deeply disappointed in the decision to cut down yet another large tree in favor of the tiny aspens that are inevitably planted. They don’t supply shade and can’t replace the atmosphere of an older, large tree.
    After millions of acres of forest are lost each year to development and fire, I’m sure you’re saying, “What’s one tree?” But sadly, one tree is actually a lot, and a few parking spaces are really insignificant.
Lara McLean

    Editor’s note: As reported in the Idaho Mountain Express last week, the city has approved removal of the tree to accommodate an expansion project. The plan calls for four smaller trees to be planted in the city right of way on the south side of the business.


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