Re “Baseball, soccer or open space for park?” (Page 1A, Oct. 18): The city has suggested the possibility of replacing the trees that will be removed. However, these trees are large mature trees, so to replace them with trees in 15-gallon buckets is a far cry from what they are now. I suggest they be replace with 24-inch box trees; for each tree removed there should be three replacement trees. This will further insure that in 30 years or so there will be at least three large mature replacement trees. Their size will significantly reduce the potential of the trees being vandalized.
I have notice many street trees have been remove but not been replaced. If this lack of replanting street trees continues, it is going to make a significant impact on the community forest. That will result in increased power bills for the citizens of Modesto.
Chuck Gilstrap, retired Community Forestry Superintendent and past president of the Greater Modesto Tree Foundation