Trees could have been saved
Along with Camas Mayor Scott Higgins’ crocodile tears, I cried for the 20 or so big beautiful old trees that were taken down as part of the construction of the new Camas community center.
When “developers” get a chance, it is usually: Trees 0, Developers 100.
If the Camas Community Development department had properly reviewed the plans and supervised the work, these trees would still be standing to continue to glorify the beauty of our area and provide cooling shade for the swimmers and boaters who will be using the new docks.
According to the mayor, in the past, anyone who visited the Moose Lodge was at a terrible risk, but that’s OK now as these dangerous trees are gone.
Camas does not have a tree ordinance; neither does Washougal. The trees that contribute to making our towns desirable places to live, and which support the value of our properties are presently at the mercy of anyone with a chain saw. Ask my neighbor whose house is no longer as cool in the summer or warm in the winter because a “developer” cleared many trees from the lot west of her house.
Writing a tree ordinance is not an easy job, but unless you look forward to living in a desert, the time to shake our City Councils into getting this done is rapidly coming upon us.