Chicago Loses Old Growth Trees
Last month, WBEZ’s Curious City did a story on how well Chicago has lived up to the climate change goals the Daley Administration put in place to meet by 2020. Among those goals was to plan one million trees. The city has, however, planted only slightly over 100,000 trees. There have also been reports of the city cutting down old growth trees; last Saturday, for example, Edgewater residents reported that Streets and Sanitation workers were cutting down every single tree on the west side of the 5900 Block of North Hermitage Street. Illinois has no statewide law regarding the removal of trees, and the City of Chicago says it is sometimes necessary to cut down old trees to replace or repair water mains. A number of experts disagree. Worldview’s food, health and culture contributor Monica Eng fills in as host for Jerome McDonnell and is joined by Michael Dugan, director of forestry at Chicago conservation group Openlands, to discuss tree loss in Chicago.