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Oct. 22, 2020 | Thursday
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Letter: Did heritage trail trees really have to be cut down?

Dear editor:

The Lake Report’s coverage of the destruction of trees along the Upper Canada Heritage Trail ("Residents angry after healthy trees cut down along heritage trail," Sept. 10) was deeply disturbing if somewhat alarmist, I thought, after having visited the site.

Still, was there, as claimed, no option to removing the trees?

I phoned an arborist, Andrew Cook, of Andrew's Tree and Shrub Care. While he had not visited the site, he thought the trees should have been spared.  

He cited a company, the Truly Canadian Wood Service out of Wainfleet, in possession of state-of-the-art machinery for tree removal. Would this company have been able to spare the healthy trees?

Were we to learn that we could have saved the trees, how sad it would be for those of us for whom the trail was a place of refuge and healing in these traumatic times.

The shocking scale of tree removal in Niagara-on-the-Lake over the past several years has prompted the town to enact a tree policy.

It would be sadly ironic were the authors of this policy to have sanctioned the needless felling of “dozens of trees.”

David Lailey