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Colorado Springs administrators think 100 years is old enough for local trees

Colorado Springs city administrators have announced they will have to cut down a number of 100-year-old trees in the historic downtown area, due they explain, to diminishing water access and the resultant risk of limbs falling, jeopardizing motorists. Rescuing the majestic trees is apparently beyond the city's budget, so they're on the chopping block, literally. The scenario reminds me of the fate of Pueblo's Old Monarch, a 388-year-old cottonwood which the city felled in 1883 because it didn't fit with the city fathers' street plan. Hundreds of residents tried to save Old Monarch, they petitioned, rallied and for a while they prevailed. You can read what happened on a brass plaque which now commemorates the site. I'll reprint it here. Interestingly, the narrative seems to celebrate Pueblo's treachery. 24921

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