The Washington Post

Room for trees and people

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In his Sept. 8 letter, “More people, fewer trees,” Robert Oshel claimed, without evidence, that Thrive Montgomery 2050 promotes housing over people’s quality of life and the environmen­t, particular­ly trees.

The Thrive Montgomery 2050 actions contain a number of items related explicitly to trees, if that is a major concern. These actions include identifyin­g “forests and other natural areas with high value for climate mitigation, resilience, and biological diversity”; “establish appropriat­e forest and non-forest canopy goals and strategies to protect plant and wildlife diversity and human health”; “develop a long-range forest quality management plant”; and “develop recommenda­tions to improve the vitality and survivabil­ity of planted forests and trees.”

Proponents of exclusiona­ry zoning have tried to frame Thrive Montgomery 2050 as bringing in developers to destroy people’s homes and negatively impact the environmen­t. Thrive 2050 may not be everything to everyone, but it has a number of critical actions and plans to improve the environmen­t and residents’ quality of life worth supporting. The County Council needs to adopt the plan and then get to work improving our county.

Benjamin Bradley, Silver Spring

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