October 26, 2007

Nuts To This

Oh, for crying out loud. This kind of stuff makes me crazy. Residents in Toronto want permission - which was denied - to cut down a huge walnut tree. Because everyone knows walnut trees are nasty and dangerous and possessed by evil walnut child-killing gods.

You do not cut down mature healthy trees. You don't. In a world where people are hacking and chopping often-40+-year-old wonders to make room for hottubs and decks, and then bitch about the loss of shade and the level of pollution, you have to scratch your head.

Enough of our canopy is dying off as it is. In the older parts of most towns, we're losing many of our mature trees to disease and age. If a tree is unsafe in storm conditions, you are obligated to prune or remove as required. I get it. But this linked piece is people whining about the walnuts that come down in the fall.

I have two huge, huge old walnuts in the yard next to mine. They are extraordinary (it would probably take 3 adults linking hands to go around one at the base), and have been there as long as I can remember. They are probably at least 80 feet tall. The walnuts fly into my yard, and leave nasty black stains on my grass if I don't pick them up fast enough. I hear them bouncing off my shed roof. So? Those same trees provide shade, beauty and wildlife. This is the way walnut trees work, people.

When I was young, my dad used to pay us a penny a walnut to pick them up and chuck them in a bushel basket. It was a game. We'd put on old gardening gloves to protect our hands from the black guck, and race around trying not to get hit if the wind picked up. If it was a really windy day, we'd put on Dad's old hard hats. It was fun.

Are they really making kid's heads so soft these days that we need to chop down glorious trees to protect them? Get real. The tree was there first.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember, you live in a region where they raised almost 1/2 million dollars and cut down 10 60 year old trees to save one 200 year old tree.


October 26, 2007 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really bugs me that a certain segment of humanity (read 'city people') have decided that nature has become merely a messy inconvenience.

Hello!! Nature was here first, people! Learn to live with it. And ... possibly ... love it?!

October 26, 2007 9:47 PM  

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