Leave the poplar trees in place along Sims Way | Letter to the editor

Posted 9/24/21

The Sims Way poplars are far more than an emotional experience. These trees first and foremost create a spectacular corridor in all seasons with their structure and colors.

Their fall show is …

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Leave the poplar trees in place along Sims Way | Letter to the editor

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The Sims Way poplars are far more than an emotional experience. These trees first and foremost create a spectacular corridor in all seasons with their structure and colors.

Their fall show is iconic. But they also filter dust and pollutants that come off the boat work in the port. No “environmentally appropriate” trees (call them popsicle trees) can provide the benefits and beauty of these lovelies. Moreover, the poplars act as windbreaks during severe blows and they provide oxygen/CO2 exchange.

Engineers may find it challenging to work around trees but they are not hired to make aesthetic determinations to facilitate straight lines. It is unfortunate that public works thinks more paving and sidewalks are needed along this very broad reach of grass and trees. There are quite adequate sidewalks and bike lanes along the lagoon side of the road.

And the lagoon itself acts as stormwater catchment — no need for any expensive rainwater gardening.   

The road and sidewalk work in front of the Salish Sea School and along Rainier are examples of over engineering to the point of ugliness and sterilization using tons of concrete, a major greenhouse gas contributor.

The undergrounding of utilities would give a nicer view. Surely there is enough room for the ditch along the very broad swath to do the job. Leave the poplars, leave the rough grass, and let saplings grow and add some fir trees to help.

Stop paving and lighting and round-abouting this beautiful little town now verging on looking like Anywhere, USA - by the book.

Julie Jaman
QUIMPER PENINSULA

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Nick Krehnke

I agree with you 100%

Tuesday, September 28