NEWS: Tree-sitter tries to save GINKGO in Oregon
nmm1 at cus.cam.ac.uk
Sun Nov 12 14:15:49 EST 2000
In article <8umphb$h0$1 at news.ycc.yale.edu>,
Una Smith <una.smith at yale.edu> wrote:
>kwantenzap at xs4all.nl (CorK) writes:
>>Rick Harris is a tree-sitter in Ashland, Oregon, who is trying to save
>>a 100-years old Ginkgo tree which is about to be cut down together
>>with other trees by the City of Ashland to make way for a library
>>The Ginkgo is on the IUCN Red list of Threatened Plants.
>Living ginkgo trees in North America are cultivated. Ginkgo is common
>as a street tree. So making a big protest about cutting one down just
>because its conservation status is "threatened" is probably not smart,
>if your intention is to protect the species. Make ginkgo difficult to
>cut down, and you'll give city planners a compelling reason to plant
>some other species instead of ginkgo.
If he were smart, he would promise to come down as soon as the
Ashland council promised to plant a dozen mixed-sex gingkos in
an area zoned for parkland. The current danger to gingkos is
that the females are rarely planted because they apparently
have troublesome fruit.
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