Many of us love or at least respect trees and want to see them last another generation (Cover, “Lungs of the City,” Nov. 9-16).

Please join the Marion County Alliance of Neighborhood Associations, Inc. (McANA) in its quest to finally see a comprehensive protective tree ordinance for Marion County passed.

After decades and three administrations’ promises, Indianapolis still has virtually no protection for its vitally important and fast dwindling tree canopy. Developers’ public projects, drastic overkill utility policies and poor judgement about privately owned trees have caused us to lose more than just shade; we’ve lost property value and air quality aid as well as soil erosion, which cause drainage problems, by not protecting our trees.

At last we have a promise by a law maker to introduce a truly protective ordinance and to move beyond an appointed tree board, if we can generate additional support from other councilors. This is where the public can get involved by contacting their councilors to co-sponsor this ordinance.

Contact McANA’s Parks Oversight Committee (POC), which is working with Indy Parks (where the city’s inadequate forestry policies are administered) by e-mailing the address included. Together, we can make a difference in how our trees are treated and valued over the long term.

Merri Anderson

Chair, POC, McANA

anderson@mcanaindy.org

www.mcanaindy.org

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