Protect the trees |

Protect the trees

New York City and Chicago responded to the critical need for air pollution reduction by planting tens of thousands of smog-eating trees to achieve a green goal. Meanwhile, here in Nevada County, planners award permits to developers who practice the exact opposite, i.e., the high density Saddle Ridge development on Combie Road. The former horse farm was a fine example of oak woodlands and open meadow. Presently, the hilltop is scraped bare, uprooted and cut trees shoved into sickening jumbled heaps. Will the piles be burned, adding insult to injury? Hopefully not.

This development embodies the precise opposite of what our county should be striving for. The scientific community informs that urban pollution wafts uphill on prevailing air currents to settle in Nevada County. Unless Nevada County administrators and planners begin, at once, to reverse harmful practices in order to protect Nevada County’s aesthetic and healthful benefits, we will lose everything we value here. So who cares? A growing number of local voters, that’s who.

Diane Krage

Grass Valley

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