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 (är‘bər) “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?