Sometimes it is hard for me to write this blog without crying.
On walks from Friday, February 22 through Friday, March 1, the city of Springfield assigned men, trucks, power saws, and chippers to punish Van Horn Park.
There are legitimate reasons to cut trees: (1) if they are public hazards, (2) if they are invasive species compromising native growth (part of an environmental restoration plan), and… well that’s it. I can’t think of another one.
As a near daily park visitor, – I knew of ONE… only ONE dead trunk doomed to fall across the asphalt. It wasn’t this one:
It wasn’t this one either:
In a small wooded park, still recovering from 2010 storm damage, the Springfield parks department seemed bent on crushing what nature remains over a week of full work days (I encountered crew idle, presumably, eating lunch).
Perhaps, the parks department needed to waste a large amount of money in order to justify an equal or greater amount allotment for the next budget period. It’s that time of year here.
The Greenwood schoolyard is on the park’s edge. I think of the children who sucked diesel fumes into their lungs at recess, instead of fresh air all week. Children who suffered the ear-splitting whine of chainsaws, unable to hear birdsong. Children who watched grownups with machines destroy life-sustaining habitat. — I wonder what lesson they took from that.