In a classic case of “cut down the trees to put up a parking lot,” Western Washington University (WWU) has for decades removed mature trees from its campus very quietly. The tree removals are usually to make room for more parking spaces.
This week, they are mowing down a grove of mature evergreen trees that stand on a beautiful knoll in the middle of campus in order to build a new building. They will cut down and remove 48 trees - most or all of the trees on the knoll. Last week, WWU refused to answer emails or questions by phone made to several departments as well as the president’s office. Would not even tell me the date of removal.
That date is today - Monday, May 4, 2020. It is going on right now.
This tree removal is unnecessary for the new building. WWU wants to use the old athletic field as a parking lot and this building will only intrude on about 20% of the old field, with the rest of the building taking out the knoll and grove of mature fir, hemlock, and cedar trees.
Western security has
chased our videographer off the campus (See Drue’s comment below. She clarifies this.) with the excuse that she might get hurt. Yet the photo at top shows the Western van parked right next to the trees they are cutting down - because there is no danger. Western is illegally keeping news media away, because they do not want public attention.
This article will continue to grow during today.