Chatham Daily News
Sir: The recent article C-K has high hopes for woodlot policy seems to be a very controversial issue in this area. I am not surprised that Council has not been able to make a decision on a by-law protecting the little remaining forest in this area.
The Municipality of Chatham Kent is one of the worst offenders for cutting down trees. They are constantly cutting down trees along the ditches that they never replant and many other similar situations. Some of these trees are rotten and should be removed for safety but they are never replaced. Others are perfectly healthy trees. With the municipality setting this example it is not surprising that many others do the same thing.
Before I moved into my current house there were three healthy mature native white pine trees along the front lawn near the ditch. The county cut these three trees down. I considered not purchasing the property because of this. I decided I would plant new trees at my own cost to resolve this issue. There is an existing row of mature trees along the road in front of my neighbour’s homes as well as mine. Out of thoughtfulness I decided to plant back about 10 to 25 feet from this established line.
I placed a call to ‘call before you dig’. All of the utilities sent forms with the technical information and a ‘thank you for using call before you dig’. Except for one — The Chatham Kent Roads department. A Chatham-Kent employee left a very confrontational message on my answering machine “We don’t want any trees planted on Chatham-Kent property.” I found the tone of this message extremely rude. Read article