A 300-year-old Heritage Oak Tree was cut down on Earth Day, on school grounds. The children are speaking out about this atrocity. Help support them and encourage the City Council of Wimberley, TX to adopt an ordinance to protect and respect Heritage Trees.
Sign this petition to GIVE TREES A VOICE and encourage the City Council of Wimberley, TX, to adopt an ordinance to protect and respect Heritage Trees. Wimberley Indepedent School District (ISD) authorized the cutting down of a 300-year-old, 30" diameter, Heritage Oak Tree on Earth Day 2014, to make room for an athletic building. Several other unidentified trees were cut down and more are planned. Children of Danforth Junior High School witnessed the event. Thanks to Oaks ALIVE, a group "dedicated to preserviing the Heritage Trees around our beautiful town," a letter writing campaign and contest was created to provide a structure for voices of children 6-18, to address the school and the city council about this atrocity.
On May 19, 2014 a representative of Oaks ALIVE, a 2nd grader and 4th grader read the winning entries to the school board, including letters, poetry and artwork. I was deeply touched by their profound words, creative imagery and confident presentations. I was shocked to hear the superintendent of schools response, saying "We had considered cutting the tree down at 2 a.m."
A repeat performance occurred at the June 5th Wimberley City Council meeting, with a request that an ordinance be created and approved to protect the Heritage Trees of Wimberley. Copies of all 50 submissions were provided to both the school board and the city council. You can view some of the letters and photos on Oaks ALIVE facebook page and in my blog posts attached to GIVE TREES A VOICE facebook page.
The children are speaking up. The parents are standing up to support them. It is time the rest of the adults take action. Please sign our petition to GIVE TREES A VOICE. Thank you.