The political perils of tree-cutting on the plains

Yellow ribbons, like the one pictured here, were tied around trees on the west side of the Davison County courthouse in July while local officials considered a plan to remove trees for extra parking. This ribbon read, "Save Me, call your commissioner." (Republic photo/Laura Wehde)

The ongoing controversy over the city’s proposed land swap with Jerry Thomsen is only the latest proof that there’s no quicker way to spark a local controversy than to threaten trees.

About 70 people showed up Monday evening at City Hall to argue for the protection of the wooded, 9-acre parcel of city-owned land that is involved in the proposed land swap, and the council decided to put off consideration of the matter until February.

Here are some other recent, local tree controversies:

The Houwman story produced one of the more memorable quotes I’ve ever heard. It came from local fisherman Boyd Johnson, who said this:

"They shouldn’t even own a chainsaw in this state. We ain’t got the trees."

Local public officials could probably save themselves a lot of headaches by keeping that sentiment in mind.

One thought on “The political perils of tree-cutting on the plains

  1. great let’s protect the trees- years ago along the curve of the lake road by the pine trees- someone? the city? came along and decided to cut underbrush- out went the buffalo berries that you ruined and so slowly bit by bit incursions have been taking place over a period of time- it is noticeable to those of us that love nature.

    Putting a hiking trail in the wooded area is invasive and should not be allowed either.

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