The Washington Post
Room for trees and people
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