As a teacher I received a case of trees to plant with my students. We has so many trees we had to give them away. I am sure you all know this because of the nature of the group. Has anyone brought up how to move the existing trees and replanting trees as a solution? I also know that kids working as caddys make enough money for college. Balance that against vice and deliquent behavior I prefer to give them experience as a caddy. Can we move the butterfly garden so the butterflies don't have an interrupted migration path? The bushes grew up where they grew up and the butterflies found them so I know their natural senses will work as long as the gardens still exist. For the bird migration I understand the love for nature but I hope we can understand the need to give kids choices that are more productive. Or we can do like the Star Wars Campus and watch the kids continue to act out because they have nothing much to do that is constructive. Not a solution I know but neither is anything you have offered so lets work on some solutions. Just one is a good start,
Hi Mr. Crenshaw:
A box of one inch saplings is not comparable to an acre of 30 inch diameter trees. The larger the tree diameter, the more the tree can sequester C02, PM2.50 and SO2, making it easier for us to breathe. In addition, each 30 inch diameter tree contributes 260 pounds of O2 yearly into the air that we breathe. Again, a box of 1 inch diameter trees won't sequester air pollutants or provide O2 for us. These are important environmental actions, since one in four children in Chicago have asthma. In fact, Chicago's air quality is worse than Los Angeles' air quality.
Here are some of the publications that have written about the need to save Jackson Park and our efforts to do so.