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Regarding project to upgrade the roadbed along Brooks Street, a few questions come to mind: How does one determine that a tree is "dying?" Are not all trees and, for that matter, all living things, dying from the moment they begin living? Why, if a tree has some dead limbs, is the "fix" to cut it down? After the work done by crews yesterday, the stretch along the west side of the intersection of Brooks and Franklin looks more like an urban desert than an urban forest. Four trees that stood adjacent to each other, all of which had new healthy-looking leaves, were taken out. Couldn't any of these have been saved with skilled pruning, instead of being unceremoniously destroyed?

Lawrence Garde, Missoula

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