Letters to the Editor

Dismayed by number of trees being cut by developers in Abbotsford

To Abbotsford’s city planners and developers:

I received quite a shock March 26, while on my way to work, noticing the entire corner of Livingstone and Maclure is now completely stripped of trees. Just what were you thinking?

I have lived in Abbotsford for 10 years now and during that last five of it the trees have systematically disappeared acre by acre.

Gone is the bird and wildlife habitat.

Gone is the sound barrier from the now visible freeway.

Gone are mature trees.

Allow me to give you some facts.

“A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs/year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings.

“One acre of trees annually consumes the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to that produced by driving an average car for 26,000 miles. That same acre of trees also produces enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe for a year.” - New York Times

“A 100-ft tree, 18” diameter at its base, produces 6,000 pounds of oxygen.” - Northwest Territories Forest Management

“On average, one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four.” - Environment Canada

The roots of trees prevent soil erosion. Rain water cannot percolate back into the soil and replenish our aquifers if the soil is covered with impermeable concrete and asphalt.

Since you are determined to destroy the natural beauty that attracted me, my family and friends to Abbotsford, I say to you: FOR SALE.

S. McGillis

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