For those of you who have not seen the “tree preservation plan” for Rolling Ridge Nursery’s “Lifestyle Center Development,” I urge you to look at Symsack and McMillian Developments concept for the site. Here is the link:

www.webstergroves.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=639 then click on “Applicant’s December Submittal.”

After a quick perusal, you’ll come away with the confounding feeling that there is no “tree preservation area” at all. In fact, all of the trees (most 100 to 250 years old) bordering the back of their building will be bulldozed to make way for expanded parking. These landmark trees can be saved while still allowing for parking. The cruel irony is that the clear cutting will be done by a nursery that positions themselves as environmentally aware, by selling native plants and trees.

I cannot think of anything more native than a 250-year-old post oak. There are two “sister” trees on Marshall Place and words do them no justice. Please walk by to see them in their majesty — they are extraordinary.

I recognize that Rolling Ridge Nursery wants to expand, but at what cost? Please have compassion and respect for the wildlife and trees that surround your business. This development can be done in a way that is not devastating to the environment. To borrow from Joni Mitchell:

“Don’t it always seem to go

That you don’t know what you’ve got

Till it’s gone

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot.”

I would hope that a garden nursery with over 100 years in the business of selling plants and trees would find some resonance in Mitchells’ words.

Webster Groves