Monday, April 7, 2008

Should the City Protect Trees on Private Property?

Tomorrow, Pensacola’s Planning Board will hold a public hearing to determine how many of Pensacola’s “heritage trees” will be protected. Right now, the definition of a heritage tree is rather vague and the purpose of tomorrow’s meeting is to define the term.

The city, developers, and environmentalists all agree that heritage trees should be protected, but they disagree on what types of trees should be defined as heritage trees. Naturally, Environmentalists want a definition that will protect more trees. Developers want a definition that won’t protect as many trees as the environmentalists want to protect.

What do you think about all of this? Should property owners be allowed to cut down all of the trees on their property? Should we protect more of our trees for the enjoyment of future generations? I want to hear what you have to say.

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