Wants logical reason for tree removal

To the Editor:

The city of Little Falls has apparently decided to hack down all the trees in the two blocks of downtown and replace them with new trees, probably sometime this summer, unless we all call the mayor’s office and register our disapproval.

I’m assuming universal disapproval, because the trees are all perfectly healthy, quite pretty and have been standing right where they are for two decades without causing any problems except a little sidewalk-lifting which would have to be remedied to accommodate the new trees anyhow.

Cutting the standing trees down, grinding the stumps and excavating the roots will cost thousands. Planting 20 new trees to replace them will cost thousands more. If someone can explain the logic of this (economical or ecological) to me, I’d be grateful to hear it. — Theresa Skorseth, Little Falls