If trees come down for light rail, use lumber locally

Regarding the recent article (“To make room for light rail, 5,300 trees will fall along I-5,” The Herald, April 16), I’ve driven through this corridor of trees for years now on my way to work and home and it’s amazing how many trees are grouped together in this urban environment.

When looking at the east side of I-5 not only are there fir and deciduous trees growing from Mountlake Terrace to Lynnwood but there seems to be 50 to 100 redwood trees also. My hope is that community leaders will work with Sound Transit and the contractor to come up with ideas to use the redwood lumber for local park and municipal projects. It will be a sad day when the trees start coming down, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to let the lumber from these redwoods live on in our parks and community centers.

Dean Kobernik

Bothell

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