|Local Park Steward Charlie Brown of|
Briarcrest neighborhood has been
a watchdog for South Woods for many years.
While a Tree City USA designation sounds good in concept, it is of little value unless it comes with some real, effective "teeth" or actual tree legislation designed to truly protect trees and increase our urban forest canopy. The current proposal mostly talks about appointing the existing Parks Board as the "Tree Board". But it is curious to consider how the already busy Parks Board will have the time to deal with the complexities of tree issues as well.
Shoreline's trees need help. They need a voice. A tree board may be a start, but hope it's not a really slow start and one with more backbone.