Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Today, this is what's left:
This is what remains of the beautiful Elm in the summertime photo above, one of the last standing in this region. Those that weren't decimated by Dutch Elm disease are now killed by man. It probably took 30 seconds with a chain saw to cut down this 100-plus year old tree. The travesty defies logic.
Is this responsible stewardship?
Does this make any sense whatsoever?
Why is the Ministry of Agriculture subsidising us as a MAPAQ-registered farm to plant windbreak trees, when these mature and healthy trees are being cut down on neighboring MAPAQ fields?
Who makes these decisions and who approves the desecration of these necessary and beautiful trees?
Trees act as a windbreak and a sound-break, especially important considering this hedgerow is a mere 2000 feet or 600 m from THE most heavily-traveled route in North America, the Quebec City - Windsor Corridor. Again, logic is defied. We're putting up man-made, hideously disgusting sound barriers that are so unaesthetic people would rather hear the drone of traffic rather than view the concrete monstrosities we're currently putting up. Let's not even bring the cost, funded by your tax money, into play.
Aren't we supposed to lessen our carbon-footprint? Aren't we supposed to be concerned about climate change? Trees act as a carbon sink. According to stats from the USDA, one acre of trees take in 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide, and put out 4 tonnes of oxygen. Last time I checked, oxygen was a pretty rudimentary necessity.
The senselessness of this act shocks and dismays me on so many levels. The utter disregard of nature, logic and common sense can't even be measured.
I am dumbfounded and saddened. Those who understand the intangible energy and spiritual significance these trees emanate know where I'm coming from.
And those who don't? They'll never know just how much they're missing.