Common-sense safety measure
If you are passionate about gun control please forgive the next few sentences. But it is true: Governments are often susceptible to the decision process of “load, fire, aim.”
But three little reflectors on a short metal post in front of a giant redwood close to a highway we were traveling during October made me think that Oregon got it right on one thing. The reflectors are apparently a practical, simple, fiscally responsible way to alert drivers to avoid crashing into that substantial tree occupying the shoulder of the road. We saw a number of those giants close to the edge of the pavement, and the little reflectors announced each one.
Although I love the redwoods, I am glad those ancient trees are not along any highways in my state. I base that opinion on the fate of the wide median of a highway I traveled frequently at one time. I was driving at least once a week the 90 miles to my mother’s to visit or to take her to doctors’ appointments. I enjoyed the calming beauty and variety--pine trees interspersed with dogwoods, cypress, red maples, the occasional wild plum tree, pecan trees and other species.
Then one day heavy equipment was bulldozing the trees and scraping the median bare. An outcry did save a small grove of live oaks planted many years ago.
I still don’t know what the highway department powers that be had against woods and the critters dependent on that vegetation. But the few news reports I saw never mentioned any consideration of simpler, less drastic actions. The trees that added such color and grace to that drive were gone. Arggghhhhh.