That common ground proved to be very fertile. It grew a steadily increasing number of community-centered projects focused on preserving our place, which we all love, and helping our community and its ecosystems thrive. It’s been an uphill struggle against those who value only money, but a struggle worth the effort.
It became clear right away that one of our most important common concerns was the loss of our community’s grand, mature trees – the inexorable decimation of our tree canopy at the hands of developers. We live in an extraordinary oak forest – an upland oak savannah ecosystem that long pre-dates everyone who lives here. A marvelous ecosystem, consisting of trees that are ecosystems themselves, sheltering and feeding countless other species who share the community with us. Trees that constitute our storm water management system. Trees that shade us in the summer, and provide beauty all year long. But we were losing multiple trees with almost every infill development project that occurred. We still are.