Old Black Walnut trees removed in Salem

Six giant Black Walnut trees were felled yesterday on the Oregon State Hospital campus in Salem to make room for power lines and an improved intersection, reported The Statesman Journal.

The trees were estimated to be between 75 and 100 years old.

Excerpt from the story:

Cuong Manh Nguyen took a break from his business, Center Street Auto Services, to express his complaint.
“Oh man, why are they cutting down the trees?” he asked. “I need those trees to cool down my shop in the summer. Now, I’m losing all my shade.”
After working at the auto shop for 25 years, Nguyen said it was tough to deal with the sudden loss of the towering trees.
“I’m really disappointed,” he said. “They’re not bothering anybody. It seems like such a waste.”

Thanks to EarthShare Oregon for the story link.

–Toshio Suzuki