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NEWS: Tree-sitter tries to save GINKGO in Oregon

Una Smith una at mars.its.yale.edu
Sun Nov 12 14:03:07 EST 2000

kwantenzap at xs4all.nl (CorK) writes:

>Rick Harris is a tree-sitter in Ashland, Oregon, who is trying to save
>a 100-years old Ginkgo tree which is about to be cut down together
>with other trees by the City of Ashland to make way for a library

>The Ginkgo is on the IUCN Red list of Threatened Plants.

Living ginkgo trees in North America are cultivated.  Ginkgo is common
as a street tree.  So making a big protest about cutting one down just
because its conservation status is "threatened" is probably not smart,
if your intention is to protect the species.  Make ginkgo difficult to
cut down, and you'll give city planners a compelling reason to plant
some other species instead of ginkgo.

	Una Smith		una.smith at yale.edu

	Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
	Yale University

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