Save the Mountlake Terrace trees from Sound Transit

Thanks to The Herald for its recent story about the sacrifice of thousands of I-5 trees for Sound Transit (“To make room for light rail, 5,300 trees will fall along I-5,” The Herald, April 16).

A supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is being prepared in conjunction with the proposal and has been sent to interested companies, agencies, affected tribes and members of the public. We, residents along the East Side of Mountlake Terrace I-5, and within the City Center, are the most affected! It appears Sound Transit didn’t want our input to be part of the May 30 public hearing, concerning the removal of the trees, with property acquisition?

Previous development meetings did not mention Sound Transit planned removal of the thousands of trees within our Mountlake Terrace I-5 corridor. This brave forest of trees contain the habitat of singing wild birds, native creatures and living herbal life. Their deep roots hold the canyon’s loose soil in place, and drink up pouring rain and melting snow, their fir branch umbrellas joined together, also give protection against the canyons swirling wild winds.Their loss would be a shameful destruction of God’s creation meant as a “kiss” for man’s enjoyment passing through our city.

If, Sound Transit can remove mental blocks, there is a quicker and shorter way to Lynnwood available.

Doris Cannon

Mountlake Terrace

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