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April 14, 2021

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Could it be possible the city has a plan for the overstocked non-native maples? We don’t know because of the lack of communication, but assuming bad intent does not help the situation nor resurrect the trees.

It sounded like Milan (good on Heather for getting a response by the way, I never have) explained the city’s reasoning quite clearly. I agree communication should be better, but these trees are not Heather’s property and you are not the urban forester. Trees are not permanent, and removing damaged and infested trees for the good of the stand was Milan’s call. Perhaps finding ways to support the city’s tree program (like advocating for more staff) rather than blast the actions you don’t personally agree with would be more productive.

I am astonished at the Salem urban forester's rationale for destroying a splendid, reportedly healthy and thriving specimen tree: that is, to give two scrawny, less-successful trees on either side more growing room. I'm disappointed but not surprised that our new forester acclimatized himself so quickly to the City of Salem staff's culture. This incident increases my doubts that our "civil" "servants" can be reformed.

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