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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Lawsuit Filed in Treegate Dispute

posted by on August 12 at 17:21 PM

The ever-so-fascinating Ingraham High School tree saga continues:

Save the Trees, a group apparently comprised of a few neighbors in Haller Lake, has filed a lawsuit against the Seattle School District for its plan to remove a grove of 68 trees from Ingraham High School’s campus.

However, Save the Trees will not get the opportunity to go before a judge until September 2nd. By then, the trees will likely be gone as the district says it still plans on removing the trees later this week.

The school board is holding an emergency executive session tonight to discuss the litigation.

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Of course, they could just hold city hall hostage until then.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 12, 2008 5:36 PM


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Posted by Self-Hating Hipster | August 12, 2008 6:03 PM

fail troll is fail.

Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2008 6:08 PM

Nice how the Seattle Hipster troll has to slip in some sort of gay-fear detail in every post. What an asshole.

Posted by Greg | August 12, 2008 6:41 PM

Indeed, Greg. Is this that "gay panic" thing? Like the he got hit on by a dude in tight pants with a PBR, and it left a scar? I mean, spamming is a fairly harmless kind of gay panic reaction, all things considered. Least he's not the next Kyle Huff.

Or is he?

Posted by elenchos | August 12, 2008 7:48 PM

This is a deeply rooted problem.

Posted by Bob | August 12, 2008 8:53 PM

The trees are us people, don't fool yourselves---as they go so go we. A mature stand of native Douglas Fir like this is worth its weight in a whole host of supported flora and fauna, from the mirco to the macro, from the mycorrhizae soil fungi symbiotically helping to sustain the understory plants through our droughty summers, to the falcons and eagles that occasionally come to rest in its branches. It took a better part of a century to make this wood and placing even a larger number of (non-native) trees along the edges of parking lots, walkways sidewalks isn't going make up for what will be lost. We have it now, let's keep it.

Posted by nomad | August 12, 2008 10:03 PM

On the other side of Ingraham there's another wooded area with several times the trees. There's other places right near there where there are many trees than that. The real question is, do we want urban density? Do we care about public education and schools that can accommodate growing numbers of students? This is not an environmental issue. This is not even an issue except in the minds of a handful of seriously deluded people living right around that neighborhood.

Posted by PJ | August 12, 2008 11:00 PM

#6 - you do us Bobs proud

the concept here is fait accompli - and often a very useful action

chop "em, what is the court or city going to do?

horse whip the school board? Fine them, well, OK .... make them plant trees again somewhere. OK

except Douglas Firs are shallow rooted in fact, that is why they topple in any real wind, esp. if the ground is softened by water, rain


Posted by the real BOB | August 13, 2008 1:03 AM

Where is the fucking Lorax in all of this? He speaks for the trees.

Posted by Gabe | August 13, 2008 3:22 AM

Please, just cut the trees and end this torture of having to listen to these people. This is not a forest. These are not exceptional trees. Let's focus on real environmental issues.

btw - do the people making all of these arguments about the Ingraham trees ride transit/walk/ride bikes? Or, are they all meat eating car drivers who live in single family houses? They probably do more environmental damage in one day than these trees would mitigate in a lifetime.

Posted by Lorax | August 13, 2008 5:48 AM

Didn't this happen at Berkley, except people actually climbed the trees and flung their feces about?

Posted by Jen | August 13, 2008 6:46 AM

Here is a thought, recycle the trees into paper bags and hand them out free to the neighbors because I am sure they are also the ones bitching about the bag fee. This is stupid they school district is expanding their school advancing the education opportunity of their children. They need to shut up because it could be worse the school board could have chosen to shut it down all together.

Posted by Higher education | August 13, 2008 7:24 AM

Agnostic on the trees, but:

1. the school apparently has other land to build on.
2. I assume those fighting for the trees own homes on which trees were previously cut down -- and haven't planted theifront lawns with dozens of douglas firs themselves.
3. doubt anyone walks in or picnics among these trees -- probably used by kids for smoking pot...-- they have value for bugs, yes, and now they have great value, to allow people who haven't planted trees on their own property to show their devotion to trees and the earth etc., by forcing someone else to keep trees for the public good.

Posted by PC | August 13, 2008 9:12 AM


Now that we've got that cleared up...

The district doesn't come off looking very good in this. First they work within the process, but then when it goes against them they pull out and act like they didn't have to have any discussion in the first place. That's a guaranteed way to anger the neighborhood.

Posted by Greg | August 13, 2008 9:59 AM

I speak for the trees.

They're pissed.

We'll see you in court.

Posted by Lorax | August 13, 2008 10:18 AM

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