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If Baltimore cares about the trees, why would it chop them down in Mount Vernon Place?

The Sun exhorts us to "Speak for the trees" (March 3). That's exactly what more than 2,200 people did when they signed petitions to save the trees in the Mount Vernon Place parks. The plan presented by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy (MVPC) to the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) envisions the removal of all (except one) the existing trees and their replacement by 6" and 8" caliber trees.

We think that only dead and dying trees should be removed and replaced. Proper and consistent care should be taken of the others.

The City and MVPC are presently negotiating a Mount Vernon Place Restoration and Services Agreement by which the MVPC will become the single management entity to oversee the restoration and daily management of Mount Vernon Place.

CHAP will hold public hearings when the MVPC submits a revised plan. Be on the alert and attend these hearings to "speak for the trees."

Joan and Tom Spence, Regina Minniss and Art Kutcher, Baltimore

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