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Tree defenders prevail

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Madison officials have revised plans for a ski trail in Door Creek Park on the city's far east side, in response to concerns raised by residents ("For the Love of Their Trees," 11/14/08).

On Dec. 10, the Parks Commission approved a memorandum (PDF) of understanding between the city and residents. Earlier, the commission had stood firm on the plan, which residents and a hired arborist warned would damage the root systems of a number of oak trees.

"After further discussion," the memorandum states, "some adjustments were made to the trail alignment." It now will be farther from the property line and "landscaped with native shrub screening." Specific additional steps will be taken to protect the trees.

"It will have less of an impact," says Steve Pullara, one of the residents. He adds: "A good follow-up would be asking how the city may learn from this process," by not making citizens fight to be heard.

Now he's just getting greedy.

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