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Letters, Oct. 16

Historic trees saved

Citizens associated with Friends of Lithia Park are extremely pleased that the two 100-year-old Douglas fir trees by the Japanese Garden will be saved! The Ashland Parks Commission and Ashland Parks Foundation are now proposing to incorporate these healthy Douglas firs into their design for revamping the Japanese Garden.

This significant adjustment, described in the Oct. 3 Ashland Tidings, keeps the trees standing and protects them during the two-year construction phase (new recirculating stream, koi pond, paths, plantings and deer fence).

These majestic trees are part of Lithia Park’s initial landscaping (1914-1915) by John McLaren, famous for his work at Golden Gate Park. They are now two of Lithia Park’s largest Douglas firs (diameters of 49 and 46 inches).

The Parks Commission will consider this garden plan amendment at its Oct. 21 study session, followed by a vote at the Oct. 28 monthly meeting.

Allowing these two trees to live and thrive honors both the past and future. A wise decision!

Julie Norman for Friends of Lithia Park

Ashland

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