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To the Editor:

This is in response to the Aug. 8 Grosse Pointe News Opinion article titled, "They follow letter of law in the Woods."

The Woods administration and their community tree advisory commission do not tell residents what trees they can plant on their own property. If asked, the CTAC will give advice on the good urban trees for residents to plant.

Public property (sidewalk to curb) street tree plantings are regulated as to species, size and placement in accordance with a master street tree plan, carefully followed so as to eliminate, insofar as is possible, the devastation caused by the Dutch elm disease epidemic of some 15 to 20 years ago.

Perhaps the editor of the Grosse Pointe News should double check before he puts pen and font to paper.

Jean B. Rice

Grosse Pointe Woods

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Editor's note: I was at the city council meeting a dozen years ago when the city adopted its ordinance regulating trees on "street lawns," which technically are city property although the residents have to maintain them. To the best of our knowledge, "street lawns" are still mostly "in front of people's homes" and trees there are regulated as we stated in the editorial. Thank you, Mrs. Rice, for confirming that our facts are correct.

Jean B. Rice
August 29, 2002

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