Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More than trees

Posted on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Daniel Geary is my brother. He is not a radical environmentalist nor a belly aching activist nor merely a "lover of trees" (see "One man's stump," Nov. 11, 2010). Daniel is a quiet man who worries about those who have no voice; a man with a strong sense of fair play. The Parks Dept. hacked down 17 trees immediately adjacent to Daniel's home of over 20 years without an effort to let him know. As an amends they planted two or three chokecherry trees. Are the rank-and-file Missoulians aware of the city-wide eradication of the maples? Does the Parks Dept. have a replanting and budget plan available to the public? What is the noxious weed inventory and eradication plan? Does the public notice policy go beyond size 8 type in the classifieds?

Daniel Geary's concerns go way past sitting under a tree. He is addressing the need for good science and openness regarding the fallen trees across Missoula.

Elaine G. Olsen


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