I think my greatest contribution as a member would be: Throughout the years I have made an effort to help educate people on both sides of this very important issue. I will always work to produce an agreement that best represents the ideas of tree ordinances and the long range goals of the development and building industry.
Saving trees involves everyone in the community in identifying solutions. It’s that simple and it’s that complicated.
Teamwork is the key word. Trees can be an emotional subject. Disputes are never about trees, disputes are about people and trees.
Let there be no doubt, we all have an obligation and we must all do what we can to replenish the trees.
My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary in Charleston, S.C., a few years ago and we rode to Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens. It is the most photographed plantation in the United States.
As we approached this home, we came upon the most spectacular view of moss-draped oak trees, arranged in two evenly spaced rows.
These trees were planted in 1743 by the son of Major John Boone. They would also take two centuries for the massive, moss-draped branches to meet overhead. We pulled over to view the trees and take pictures.
It was a magnificent natural corridor that made a lasting impression on us.
A couple of years later I was planning another new residential home development called Kensington Park. It has an approach road about 700 feet long leading to where the first houses were built.
When we began to think about how we would landscape this area it didn’t take us long at all to figure it out. We were so inspired by what we saw at Boone Hall Plantation, we knew exactly what we wanted to do.
We knew that this area would have to be oak trees. I started to look into what kind of oak trees there were and had no idea that there were so many different kinds of oak trees.
But in the end, because in the earlier years of my career I was a carpenter by trade, I chose the saw tooth oak tree.
We planted 20 oak trees, 10 on each side of the straight road leading to the homes of Kensington Park.
The trees have been planted for about 6 years now. I noticed last year in the summer that the trees are starting to shade the road.
One day I hope my children will enjoy seeing the branches meet overhead and the residents of Kensington Park will enjoy the natural corridor as they are coming home between these trees I planted.