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December 30, 2014


Thanks to all who remain engaged and vigilant regarding this latest atrocity.

Here’s an optimistic note.

In October I had the pleasure of joining some 75-80 people brought together by Tualatin Riverkeepers and The Intertwine. a regional alliance of 50-60 local governments and NGOs dedicated to urban forestry, access education, watershed conservation etc etc. http://theintertwine.org.

The workshop updated us on progress in writing city code to protect urban forests. The City of Tigard completed a multi-year community effort that drafted an urban forestry code that received a national planning award. It went into effect last March. http://www.tigard-or.gov/community/trees/default.asp

Patricia Farrell spoke at CityWatch several months ago. She is Salem's Natural Resource Specialist and VERY involved in getting folks in Salem involved and engaged in protecting and expanding our urban forest.

I’m glad I signed up for her emails they are “pro-tree” and very informative. Right now she and others are working hard to encourage us to share our ideas and wishes for the Minto Brown Island Park Master Plan. Please visit the site soon and offer your ideas! http://tinyurl.com/kdc6dhl

I hope everyone concerned about our trees will contact Patricia and ask to get on her email list: Patricia Farrell [email protected].

I’m also proud to announce our Salem CityWatch Chair, Kasia Quillinan was recently elected to chair the Salem Parks Board. She and David Engen, Salem CityWatch Treasurer, have been serving Salem parks for several years by serving on the Board, planting trees and much more.

Salem tree code is SRC Chapter 86.005. Let's transmute the outrage into meaningful action. Many would welcome a community task force established to upgrade our tree code.

Richard Reid

I'm not as worried about the trees as I am about so many historic buildings being demolished in Salem I'm so happy that not everyone is on board. A hearty welcome to Gayle's Italian Market downtown.

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