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Save the mature trees in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

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The Minneapolis Park Board wants to cut down the mature trees in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which are over 24 years old, and replace them with immature saplings.

This is an act on environmental destruction that makes no sense. These trees provide shade and home for animals in the Minneapolis Urban Environment.

As one commentator has written:

"We understand 'design intent,' but it is wrong and thoughtless to cut down these fine trees. The proposed costly new trees will need decades and much expensive maintenance to come close to replacing our lost trees, which were planted, watered and pruned by the park system’s forestry staff for over 24 years at taxpayer expense. Since the Park Board owns these trees on its property, it and no one else should decide their fate.

"The big trees have shaded many visitors, managed stormwater, created much oxygen at this busy, polluted intersection, and, perhaps most important, have sequestered many tons of carbon from the exhaust of passing vehicles. If the trees are destroyed, all of that will be lost.

"Currently, there is no plan to replace these trees with the same amount of tree canopy and the visual and ecological services they provide. The landscape architects on the project have been shortsighted in overlooking this asset, not only from the standpoint of the Sculpture Garden but also from the larger standpoint of the city of Minneapolis. Removing these trees takes another chunk out of the city’s tree canopy at a time when it continues to shrink dramatically. These Sculpture Garden trees should be inventoried and evaluated immediately to determine which could reasonably be saved in place or transplanted within the city’s gardens, parks and boulevards."

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