LETTER: Saddened to see tree removal along Vedder Road

‘You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’

Every time I drive through Garrison Crossing I am struck by the foresight and imagination of the developer who saw fit to leave the old trees and natural surroundings. This gives the entire area a peaceful and happy atmosphere. As well as the emotional benefits, it is also known that one mature tree supports up to 18 people by taking in that much carbon dioxide and in turn releasing oxygen for our benefit.

I was so saddened and panicked to see the removal of trees on Vedder Road. This was done by Canada Lands, a federal crown corporation, in order to facilitate their new development. It is understandable that many trees needed to come down, however, could the ones along the sidewalk not have been left?

There were 20 or more.

The beautiful line of trees along Vedder Road from Keith Wilson continuing around to Petawawa are an iconic part of Vedder Crossing. Since the Vedder Bridge is only one lane wide then Vedder Road should not need widening, and thus I pray these trees can be spared for future generations. I’m sure people waiting in long lineups are thankful for their shade (and climate change ensures more of these hot summers).

Another example of the total removal of mature trees was in the clearing of the property on Promontory Road next to the Catholic cemetery.

In my mind many large or small trees could have been left, both as oxygen givers and as habitat for small birds, etc.

I have written letters to the mayor and all councillors plus the manager of land development and the manager of environmental services for the City of Chilliwack.

I in turn urge anyone who cares to save our trees for the future (both in order to breathe and simply to enjoy them as trees) to write the City of Chilliwack and express their concerns.

Our government can’t work for us unless we let them know what we need.

And remember, ‘You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.’

John O’Grady


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