There’s a thought provoking meme doing the rounds online that basically says, “Imagine for a second that trees gave off Wi-Fi signals, we’d be planting trees everywhere and we’d probably go a long way to saving our planet, too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe and not just sit there looking pretty.” The sad thing about this meme is that it’s true – we place more value on the strength of our Wi-Fi signal than on the health of our ecosystems. But people are starting to wake up to the fact that Mother Nature matters, and a recent initiative by Sacramento’s City Council aims to protect the city’s urban forest.
The goal of the new ordinance is to allow for better management of the Sacramento’s trees, both on public and private property. Until recently, property owners or developers could remove trees of any age without getting prior approval. Now that the trees have been recognized as an integral part of the city’s infrastructure, and that our urban forest is just as important a feature of the city as anything else, it makes sense to preserve them.