LETTERS: Measuring the true value of trees

Editor:

Editor:

Recent reports tell us that Surrey is set to soon lose some 50,000 trees. This is unconscionable. Isn’t council aware of all the environmental and esthetic value of trees?

In round numbers, every 100 trees will take up and store some five tons of CO2; 1,000 can hold back up to 1,000,000 gallons of storm water and take up 300 lbs. of particulates from the atmosphere.

Developers’ cash-in-lieu cannot compensate for such lost attributes. I urge council to think long and hard about their development plans and our environment.

R.M. Strang, Vancouver

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