Government and City Officials: Stop destruction of 150 yr old tree
  • Petitioning Marv Wopat
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Marv Wopat
Tim Cullen
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Economic Development

Government and City Officials: Stop destruction of 150 yr old tree

    1. Amy Tomlin
    2. Petition by

      Amy Tomlin

      Janesville, WI

The tree is a healthy, 150 year old bur oak slated for destruction in the spring/summer of 2013. People in the community are appealing to city and government officials to rethink their stance on this issue.

Marv Wopat
Tim Cullen, Senator
Otterstein, Economic Development
Stop destruction of 150 yr old tree

[Your name]

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    1. Decision-maker Tim Cullen responds:

      Tim Cullen

      Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's plan to remove a 150-year old oak tree along the Highway 26 bypass. Like you, I questioned the necessity of cutting down this historical tre...

    2. The tree was destroyed. It is now GONE.

      Amy Tomlin
      Petition Organizer
      Twitter / Margospann: It's official the 150yr old ...

      It's official the 150yr old Bur Oak tree on HWY 26 near the Rock/Jefferson County line is GONE.

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 month ago

      “You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is four-and-a-half-billion-years-old. There's been life on it for nearly that long, 3.8 billion years. Bacteria first; later the first multicellular life, then the first complex creatures in the sea, on the land. Then finally the great sweeping ages of animals, the amphibians, the dinosaurs, at last the mammals, each one enduring millions on millions of years, great dynasties of creatures rising, flourishing, dying away -- all this against a background of continuous and violent upheaval. Mountain ranges thrust up, eroded away, cometary impacts, volcano eruptions, oceans rising and falling, whole continents moving, an endless, constant, violent change, colliding, buckling to make mountains over millions of years. Earth has survived everything in its time. It will certainly survive us. If all the nuclear weapons in the world went off at once and all the plants, all the animals died and the earth was sizzling hot for a hundred thousand years, life would survive, somewhere: under the soil, frozen in Arctic ice. Sooner or later, when the planet was no longer inhospitable, life would spread again. The evolutionary process would begin again. It might take a few billion years for life to regain its present variety. Of course, it would be very different from what it is now, but the earth would survive our folly, only we would not. If the ozone layer gets thinner, ultraviolet radiation sears the earth, so what? Ultraviolet radiation is good for life. It's powerful energy. It promotes mutation, change. Many forms of life will thrive with more UV radiation. Many others will die out. Do you think this is the first time that's happened? Think about oxygen. Necessary for life now, but oxygen is actually a metabolic poison, a corrosive glass, like fluorine. When oxygen was first produced as a waste product by certain plant cells some three billion years ago, it created a crisis for all other life on earth. Those plants were polluting the environment, exhaling a lethal gas. Earth eventually had an atmosphere incompatible with life. Nevertheless, life on earth took care of itself. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is a long time. A hundred years ago we didn't have cars, airplanes, computers or vaccines. It was a whole different world, but to the earth, a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can't imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven't got the humility to try. We've been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we're gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.”

      ― Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park / Congo

    • Susan Dean KILLINGWORTH, CT
      • 9 months ago

      The Charter Oak tree in CT had a funeral when a storm destroyed it. This beautiful oak tree at 163 years old is too sacred to cut down. Hopefully, it will be cared for and maintained as one of the nation's special arbor sites.

      • 10 months ago

      OK !!!!

    • Margaret Manogue MILTON, WI
      • 12 months ago

      We need to respect what Mother Earth can provide for us. This tree gives off a lot of oxygen. Its root system is as big wide as its branches. Move the road. Leave the tree. Global warming is coming from cemet. The tree helps us survive. Let the tree survive. Put this tree species (Burr oak) on the endangered list. Save this Tree!!

    • Michael Moffatt MADISON, WI
      • 12 months ago

      What a majestic tree! My ggg-grandparents probably went past it coming to Madison from Chicago.


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