Trees on Crescent Heights should be replaced with native species
Re “Trees to be removed on Crescent Heights,” July 28 issue
There is certainly value to existing canopy. However, trees have a lifespan, and many non-native trees were planted in the 20th century in a rush to make Los Angeles look like something other than what our natural geographical heritage provided, well over 50 lovely native trees that are local to Los Angeles County.
When non-native trees outgrow their space or reach end of life for other reasons, we need to replace them with native species. One of the arguments the city uses to object to natives is that many (not all) grow slowly. Well, yeah, that’s because these natives are actually adapted to our climate. They use fewer water resources and produce less green waste by requiring less pruning and trimming (something that should appeal to an Urban Forestry Department that currently has a tree trimming cycle that exceeds 20 years).
There are appropriate native trees for every planting situation. They will last longer, provide more support for habitat, use fewer water resources and help us reestablish our sense of heritage.