Tree Foundation: 2,000 reasons to save Swenson

Tall oak trees at Swenson public golf course. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD

Laurence Test, head of the Stockton Tree Foundation, writes:

“The Stockton Tree Foundations is taking a position opposing the conversion of Van Buskirk and Swenson golf courses to residential uses. Such a move will result in the removal of well over 2,000 trees from the urban tree canopy, increase CO2 emissions and further increase global warming.

“Over 200 trees on the Swenson golf course are Heritage oaks (Quercus lobata), Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) and (Quercus wislizeni), along with a host of other scrub oaks. Many of these Oaks are between 100 and 200 years old. Clear cutting these trees will result in many negative environmental impacts. The green environment (trees and grass) at Swenson golf course is responsible for removing 94 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.

“Converting Swenson to residential use would result in adding about 12,500 tons of CO2 to the air we breathe each year. If both golf courses were converted, approximately 24,000 tons of CO2 would be added each year.

“The position of the Stockton Tree Foundation is that converting the golf courses to anything other than green open space or parkland, will have so many negative impacts on the fabric of the community that it should not be considered.

A study detailing the impacts that converting the Swenson Golf course would have on our environment has been prepared and is published on our web site, Click on the outreach link.”


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