Letter: Tree removal argument doesn’t hold water

Editor: A few weeks ago I wrote to you and expressed my sentiments regarding the defeat of an interim tree bylaw by Langley Township council.

I had thrown in my “two-bits worth” and thought that would be it.

However, G. Lambert’s April 25 letter has inspired me again. Maybe an healthy argument is good for a senior’s brain cells — mine I hope.

G. Lambert presents themselves in the guise of a tree ‘respecter,’ but is willing to forgo their integrity in this regard for the convenience of a presumably hypothetical family who wish to make a ‘play space’ for the children. Sounds like ‘the modern family.’

Their first problem according to G. Lambert is a tight budget.

Well, if the trees are under a certain diameter they won’t have to worry anyway and it can be a do-it-yourself weekend project. They can dig up the small stumps and roots and head down to Canadian Tire for the ‘swing-set’ special.

On the other hand if these are mature trees, maybe even native to the area, it’s quite another story.

Are they ‘best of friends’ with the operator of a tree falling outfit who will perform this operation free of charge?

Normally, this would add up to big bucks and they can barely afford the arborist report and a removal permit.

And now they’re left with big stumps and root systems that won’t even allow for a nice garden.

I might respectfully suggest that G. Lambert come up with a better disguise as a tree removal advocate in order to fool me and many others wishing to protect our neighbourhoods and the environment.

A forested property is a delightful place for children to play and explore, I know from personal experience.

Unless mature trees are diseased or posing danger to persons, they should be left undisturbed for the enjoyment by all, close up and from a distance. But trees do certainly get in the way of redevelopment and the attached financial profit.

Sorry, G. Lambert, try again.

Gordie Wiens,

Langley

Just Posted

Langley runner nominated for B.C. university athlete of the year

Trinity Western’s Regan Yee ‘surprised and delighted’

VIDEO: New homes for old dogs

Langley event has high number of senior dogs up for adoption

VIDEO: Fort Langley was celebrating cultural diversity before it was ‘populaire’

Sunshine and mild temperatures helped draw hundreds to the historic site’s French Canadian festival.

Family band from Aldergrove wins youth music award

The Springmans won a Fraser Valley Music Award for their album Happy Beach.

Cooler temperatures tonight force opening of emergency beds in Langley

Gateway of Hope is once again offering Langley’s homeless shelter from ‘dropping temperatures.’

REPLAY: B.C’s best videos this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 in OT

New England will meet L.A. Rams in NFL title game

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

Crash closes Coquihalla southbound lane south of Merritt

Accident occurred approximately 26 kilometres south of Merritt

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

12 poisoned eagles found on Vancouver Island

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

Most Read