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Our Readers Write

July 07, 2010

I can't remember a time when they weren't standing there. We have walked by them every day for at least 20 years, through raising three children and walking five dogs. Cut down now, dead, to be quietly removed as La Cañada is away for the Fourth of July.

Through fires, Santa Anas, earthquakes and droughts, they stood tall and steady as we walked by each early morning. They felt loved in this "Tree City," standing at the entrance to Descanso Gardens whose membership brochure boasts of its "strolls through shade forests."

They had watched their neighbors, the "native oaks," be manicured regularly on Descanso Drive. I imagine on their last day they were shocked when the chainsaws were there to cut them down, not as usual to trim the oaks.

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They were not a native oak, deodar cedar, Chinese elm or California pepper tree; they were not protected by the municipal code. But shouldn't they be protected by common sense? It's just not logical to cut down a beautiful, healthy tree in the middle of public open space because it offers too much shade. I know there is "a plan" for this area of Descanso Gardens to plant different plants. But it seems wasteful in a time when we are all trying to conserve and recycle.

It is important that my old friends know that I noticed they were gone, and will miss their shade forest every day.

Meredith Reynolds

La Cañada

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