The earth along Little Patuxant Parkway is changing. I noticed in late winter, and thought it was more trees coming down due to the emerald ash borer. I really didn’t think there had been a line of ash along that edge of Howard Community College, but I just assumed that because I had seen a number of trees along the lower end of the Parkway removed last year.

But then I noticed the markings on more trees, and trees that I knew weren’t ash.  IMG_20150517_164037

And those trees providing shade along the drive started disappearing.


It was a swath of land being cleared from Ceder Lane up to Gov Warfield.

Grr >:)

I’m not sure, but I think it is the new bicycle path being installed.  It was put in last year along the land in front of Merriweather Post and beside the library.  I understand the need for a path, and the need to have it safe and available for walking and biking, for mom’s pushing strollers and bikers pulling ride-alongs.  But it does seem that an unnecessarily large swath of mature trees have been removed, where perhaps a little variation in the path might have saved more of them.  I applaud the desire to improve alternative transportation and support the human-powered transit.

I just wish it didn’t require the death of so many trees, especially the large ones 😦  It takes time, lots of it, to grow new trees.  I hope someone is planting more, because much of what makes Columbia so special is the nature and the trees that exist here.  We really are a testimony to the adage that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.




2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by hmunro on May 29, 2015 at 11:11 am

    It really is heartbreaking to see so many trees come down, isn’t it? But if there’s any silver lining to such a sad sight, I do hope that maybe one or two of the children who use that bike path today will grow up to be nature-lovers (and tree-appreciators) in the future.


  2. Posted by nedtillman2 on June 17, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    and that more people will walk and bike to things reducing the congestion and pollution from all of our cars which continue to pollute our air, water and soils.


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