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Garry oak: Tree saved in nick of time

This is to thank Sheilah Crider and the other Oak Harbor City Council members, who called an emergency meeting just in the nick of time, to discuss and vote to not make the huge, irreversible, and disastrous mistake of killing our landmark oak tree at the post office.

The tree is not really at the post office. The post office is at the tree. No work of art or man made sculpture could come near to being as amazing or beautiful as what nature already gave us to gaze on.

This old oak has weathered many storms and not just the weather-related kind. She has tried with all her might to live on even with the assault of the asphalt, concrete, cars, and trucks pounding over the surface of her precious soil, air and life sustaining water. This is when the phrase “Mighty Oak” comes to mind. Each and every spring, after the long cold winter, she comes alive with her beautiful green foliage graced across the skies of the harbor she has called home for over 300 years. She was especially proud the time she held the yellow ribbons for all to see, while the whole town waited, hoping and praying for the hostages to be released.

When the first white men arrived hear in the 1850’s she had already been here for at least 150 years. You may say, “it’s just a tree.” Yes, it’s a tree but it is not “just” a tree. Thanks to all who worked hard to spare the horrible axing that was to take place. I was dreading driving by there. It would have been a very sad day for Oak Harbor. Now we can look forward to watching her leaf out in glorious color this spring again! Good luck in your efforts to find a way to let the old tree heal, as you figure out how to give the tree back her soil, air and nourishment that was so ruthlessly taken away from her. May she stand tall for many future generations to behold.

Peggy Townsdin


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