The Twin Cities need their trees

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 10, 2013 - 6:47 PM

Nature has waged a 40-year war on our urban forest.

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FrankLJul. 10, 1310:16 PM

All other utilities are delivered underground economically, so why not electric? With horizontal drilling, there is very little digging. As far as trees and sidewalks, my hometown just raises the sidewalk to accommodate the roots. People get used to it. Trees have a lifecycle, they grow and die and new ones need to be planted. The key is to plant a wide variety and put up with their objectionable features.

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jdlellis1Jul. 10, 1310:55 PM

Another example of Tribune Editorial Board scare tactics. Nature does not wage war on anything. Nature does what nature does and has been doing for some twenty to thirty "billion" years according to most recent estimates.

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brownsbayJul. 10, 1311:22 PM

"And now, almost certainly fueled by a changing climate, summer storms have become more frequent and more violent to the point that homeowners and city forestry departments are struggling to keep up with the losses." -Rubbish. This is typical for June. Most of the downed trees were caused by overly-saturated grounds that allowed the trees to simply become uprooted at relatively weak winds. You are on a global warming tirade that has nothing to do with typical weather that occurs every June.

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garagewineJul. 11, 1312:33 AM

"And now, almost certainly fueled by a changing climate, summer storms have become more frequent and more violent to the point that homeowners and city forestry departments are struggling to keep up with the losses."---You know what would help to substantiate this argument? Actual evidence on the frequency and intensity of storms in the Twin Cities over the past 40 years or however long the writer thinks the climate has been altered.

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serottaJul. 11, 13 4:14 AM

Love the mulch.

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owatonnabillJul. 11, 13 7:03 AM

Owatonnabill categorically rejects the notion that humanity should be allowed to interfere in any way at all with the processes of nature. Blowdowns are part of the natural order of things. Leave them where they are, allow Nature to implement the processes by which these trees degrade naturally and allow them to continue to fill their ecological niche as Nature intended. It takes very little effort to walk or drive around a felled tree, after all, and even if they dry out and become a fire hazard--well, let us all remember that fire too is just another part of the natural order.

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fooledmeonceJul. 11, 13 7:58 AM

more sunlight for those victory and peace gardens, win win

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Don9539Jul. 11, 13 8:02 AM

You had me but then you lost me when you went with all the enviro-whacko nonsense.

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mspminnJul. 11, 1311:12 AM

Do customers like me get a discount for relying on above-ground power service? I hope so - its less reliable, for obvious reasons. And if we don't get a discount, then logically there's a plan for us to get below ground service, right? But I don't think that's happening either. Seems like an area where a fair electric marketplace would acknowledge my lesser service.

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wmmlJul. 11, 1311:14 AM

"Nature has waged a 40-year war on our urban forest." Really? Dutch elm = humans, emerald ash borer = humans, warmer atmosphere/more severe weather = humans! Don't blame nature, look in the mirror.

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