WALMART FOLLOWED THE RULES, BUT…

When a despoiler cut down six live oaks (if you've never seen a Live Oak, they are perhaps the East-Coast cousins of the West Coast Redwoods) and 44 other trees to make way for a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Savannah, Georgia, the Bentonvile Behemoth crossed all the t's and dotted all the I's. The company was well within the letter of the law, however...
The removal this month of 50 trees, including six live oaks, to make way for a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market has drawn the ire of at least one Savannah City Council member and some residents. However, city staffers say the developer’s tree plan was in compliance with the city’s review process and almost five times as many trees will be planted as were cut down. Still, Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas criticized the removal at the end of the council meeting on Thursday and called for a review of the city’s revised tree ordinance, which was approved in April with increased incentives for preservation and penalties for violations. “We just passed an ordinance where we thought none of this could happen, and it did,” Thomas said.
Replacing 50 mature trees with 250 saplings does not excuse Walmart's actions in this case. We don't know the ages of the trees destroyed, but I imagine that the Neighborhood Market will long be abandoned before the new trees even approach the natural grandeur of those destroyed. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.Walmart, Wal-Mart, Savannah, Trees, Georgia

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