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  Letters to the Editor - Hiring Urban Forester

Council would be wise to hire urban forester

12:06 AM CDT on Saturday, June 4, 2005

A dead live oak tree shows symptoms of oak wilt. On Wednesday, the Dallas City Council will vote to consider accepting an unprecedented, one-time $100,000 grant from the Texas Forest Service to fund an urban forester.

The urban forester will foster the growth and health of our forests, which have many direct effects on our quality of life. A few benefits of sound urban forestry management include cleaner air, water and soil.

Trees and urban forests represent the "natural capital" of our infrastructure, the only infrastructure that grows in a quantifiable dollar value. As such, we cannot let the value degrade from oak wilt -- a deadly tree pathogen confirmed at 175 sites in Dallas -- invasive pests or other diseases. Oak wilt alone can potentially result in massive financial loss, with no current city effort in place to eradicate it or educate the public.

We need an urban forester as an investment adviser to initiate a proactive plan that protects and grows our investment. A forester's objectives pay multiple dividends supporting all of the City Council's five stated priorities.

Contact City Council members to tell them that in financially tough times the city cannot reject a $100,000 grant offer for a position that pays big dividends. It is simply smart business.

Steve Houser, certified consulting arborist, Arborilogical Services Inc., Wylie


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