Bye Bye Grassland Trees!

Cutting down trees at the Orland grasslands, to make room for prairie grass. This is an incredible waste of taxpayer money...OUR MONEY!

Bye Bye Grassland Trees!

Earth Day has come and gone.  Locally in Orland Park we celebrate by cutting down trees and bulldozing the forest preserve. Weeks ago burning piles of trees caused respiratory problems for neighbors of the Orland Grasslands.  We are neighbors who should have minimally been considered “Stakeholders” of the area for the current rehab project.  We were not, nor were our concerns addressed for the scope and progress of this project.  Personally over the last 2 years, i have contacted folks along every step up the chain for why and how this will be accomplished regarding the vast tree removal phase.  The responses have been organized, “its being carefully managed”.  That’s the response I get, when they even respond..  From the county and our representative, I have requested a copy of the project plan outlining the tree removal and future installation of a bike path.  Basically tell me how many hundreds of trees will be cut down and where.  No answer. 

I don’t think there is an actual documented plan.  If there is, please provide me a copy as requested.  Like some of you, I think I personally made this mistake years ago with a landscaper in my yard.  I said, make it look nice but don’t charge me more than my budget.  That’s fine when it’s your own money, but the county is spending OUR money!  At a time when county budgets are in the red and they are raising taxes along with dropping home values, they are spending OUR money to cut down trees.  The adage of “we’re spending grant money” does not work.  Grant money comes from taxes, which is again OUR money.  Unless the county has a money tree, this is wasteful spending!

Take a walk out on the Orland Grasslands and wonder at the site of huge piles of cut timber.  The 100 foot buffer that is supposed to provide cover looks paltry and more like a median on a highway. Cutting down huge trees to make room for grass will have a significant negative impact on wildlife. Spin the info any way you want, trees provide cover, shelter and wind gradient for the area.  At first it was announced that only non-native trees would be removed. Carefully, their definition of non-native included trees they didn’t want to keep.  Now it seems the old saying of the forest blocking the view of the woods is coming true.

Please help me understand how cutting down huge stands of trees to plant grass is beneficial to our area. Have you ever hiked out there? First horses were denied access, then bikes, and now dogs. I see the grassland becoming restricted so we won't even be able to walk out there.   Whats next, raise taxes so we can put a huge bubble over the area?

I thought they should have worked on the current grass population, and left the trees as a complement. My neighbors and friends, help me see the forest in the mess, which is now progress dressed as grass...

If you are disgusted with the progress of this project, call our county commissioner and complain.  Keep calling until you get an answer. Remind her first that you are an Orland Voter, and in your nicest concerned citizen voice say, “Stop cutting down the Grassland Trees!”  


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Mike May 01, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Applaud! Applaud! I'll bet that under their "carefully managed plan", they'll be planting trees a few years from now in the same spots where they are now cutting down trees.
Rob P May 02, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Here is the contact information! Commissioner Elizabeth Gorman 9763 W. 143rd Street, Suite D1 Orland Park, IL 60462 (708) 349-1336
TammyK May 03, 2012 at 11:27 PM
"One acre of trees annually consumes the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to that produced by driving an average car for 26,000 miles. That same acre of trees also produces enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe for a year." - New York Times


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