To the Editor:
I don’t get it.
Not long ago, workers and bulldozers destroyed dozens (hundreds?) of trees between the railroad tracks and LSD, leaving behind a sparsely wooded wasteland, ostensibly because the trees were not native. Now we’re beginning a project to kill dozens more trees and poison all of the fish in Jackson Park in order to replace them with native trees/fish.
Here’s my question: who decides what’s native? And why exactly is it that what the habitat has evolved to isn’t native? Things change. Things evolve. So what is so important about a once-native habitat that it justifies killing countless trees and wildlife?
Why are we willfully laying waste to beautiful park space? Why not spend those millions cleaning up a toxic waste dump instead? Let’s stop playing God by making arbitrary decrees regarding which trees we like or don’t like in a space and instead do something that benefits the environment.