This morning I arose to the sound of the grinding up of trees at our local school. This has been going on for several days now, with two or three trucks, a foreman, some people with chain saws—not exactly inexpensive. We seem to have gotten in the habit of “grinding up trees.” Reminded me of the giant mountain of shavings going overseas: jobs there, resources here. Clear cutting, tree clearing and so on are really “chipping away” at our future. These are very uncivilized ways of living.
At our school there could have been a better way. Mistake Number 1 — The trees had been planted under a power line, not to the side but just under. They were growing into the power line, not a good idea for many reasons. Got that. But there was a better, cheaper and more pleasing solution.
One hour with the right machine could have removed the trees, another four hours could have drilled good 3 foot wide holes for new trees, and another three could have planted new ones in just the “right location.” In fact the in-house forester at Trees Inc. proposed to do essentially that. And guess who turned them down — the local School Board.