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NEWS: Tree-sitter tries to save GINKGO in Oregon

Nick Maclaren nmm1 at cus.cam.ac.uk
Sun Nov 12 14:15:49 EST 2000

In article <8umphb$h0$1 at news.ycc.yale.edu>,
Una Smith <una.smith at yale.edu> wrote:
>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.

If he were smart, he would promise to come down as soon as the
Ashland council promised to plant a dozen mixed-sex gingkos in
an area zoned for parkland.  The current danger to gingkos is
that the females are rarely planted because they apparently
have troublesome fruit.

Nick Maclaren,
University of Cambridge Computing Service,
New Museums Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QG, England.
Email:  nmm1 at cam.ac.uk
Tel.:  +44 1223 334761    Fax:  +44 1223 334679

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