While driving along East Post Road recently I spotted a large sign advertising land for sale along a large expanse of wooded acres. This land is owned by a developer who no doubt purchased the land to one day sell it and make a profit. Now, however, when I look at these wooded acres all I can see are hundreds of devastated trees that need to be cut down and hauled away, so that the land can begin the long process of healing itself.
Developers throughout the cities and rural areas of Linn County, these trees are now your responsibility. You did not plan for this responsibility, but you must accept it and care for these trees. The cities and county will spend millions of dollars cleaning up and replanting our tree canopy; the very least private owners can do is remove the scars from our neighborhoods.
Our communities will never be the same after the Aug. 10 derecho, but our trees at least deserve to be given the respect and removal they deserve after they have given us so many years of enjoyment and protection.