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Letter: SLC trimmed beautiful tree so kids can’t climb
First Published Mar 29 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 31 2014 05:22 am

There is a beautiful sycamore on the corner near my house. At any given time, at least one child is sitting in the tree. It is a community gathering spot. Usually there are bicycles on the grass and a parent is sitting on a bench in front of Salt Lake Monument.

Monday a city crew cut the climbing limbs off the tree. I objected and was told it was done for safety reasons, that the tree was a liability. I phoned urban forestry and was told, "Those branches should have been removed when the tree was young, but it got away from us," and that the tree was a liability.

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It was like talking to automatons. Surely there are other options: A climb-at-your-own-risk sign? A notice posted ahead of time lest anyone wanted to contest it? A community discussion? For a minute I was consoled because one branch remains, but the city workers said they will take it "probably next spring."

Kirsten Hepburn

Salt Lake City

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