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Mark Chekola, Moorhead, Published September 24 2013

Letter: A city should value beauty of its trees

Beauty is an important asset to a community. We owe thanks to the Moorhead resident who raised concern about the proposed removal of four healthy flowering crabapple trees because homeowners find their fruit inconvenient. They’re part of a row of flowering crabapple trees running for blocks along 24th Avenue South that every spring presents a glorious sight.

The sculptural form of the trees is beautiful other times of the year, especially in winter. In the past, I used to go out of my way to drive along those blocks in the spring, and now I live there and can see them from my window.

Beautiful city landscaping such as this and the handsome rows of linden trees on Eighth Street South between 20th and 24th avenues that took years to develop are valuable community assets that add considerably to our quality of life.

The Moorhead City Council should carefully review the ordinance that permits homeowners to ask for beautiful healthy trees that give such a benefit to our quality of life to be destroyed simply to cut down on their yard work.