Abusing community land

We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.

Aldo Leopold (1887-1948)
Author, scientist, scientist, forester environmentalist

As of last Friday (December 9) a tree service was preventing full access to the park while ostensibly removing “hazards” that have not existed on the walkway for a month now. In search of search of billable busy-work, city contractors penetrated ever deeper, plowing up earth, destroying habitat and further degrading the environment (diesel, gas, air, ground and noise pollution). Funny how these ‘experts’ failed to pluck away the great limbs that fell onto the park’s magnificent stands of rhododendron (native plants) and mountain laurel.

Since the last post, the Parks Department used its tractors to blow dead leaves in the wooded area, while leaving weathered trash and plastic bottles bobbing on the surface of the water for the enjoyment of visitors, – and as statement of Springfield’s pride in and care for what pockets of green remain.

Bright orange shopping cart dumped in the pond and reported to the ranger in summer, picked up in November.

Shopping Cart in Pond at Armory Street

However, I must report a positive development – on Sunday (12/11), I realized the bright orange shopping cart at the pond’s edge, which I reported this summer, had been removed at last. Hurrah.


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