Preserving heritage trees downtown a priority

Letter to the SC Sentinel, 2/27/2022

On a beautiful page in The Sentinel recently, Watsonville Wetlands Watch asked us to “plant a tree for a greener community and a cooler planet” and even offered free trees funded by the California Climate Investment Program (Watsonvillecommunityforest. org). In the meantime, large heritage trees in downtown Santa Cruz are being threatened. We are asked to support a development where the Farmers Market currently resides with no assurance that the design of the new development will preserve the trees. It was once thought that older trees were not so good at carbon sequestration as young trees, but later research showed this is incorrect. It is older, larger trees that do the better job because of lateral (secondary) growth. That’s another important reason we can’t afford to lose our heritage trees.

To be acceptable, any design for the library mixed-use project needs to preserve our trees.

— Lee Taiz, Santa Cruz

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