Sun, Jul 27, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Drive starts to save Taipei's trees

GREEN HERITAGE A recent case of a resident cutting down trees in violation of a Taipei City bylaw prompted his neighbors to start fighting for foliage preservation

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

"If the authorities concerned enacted the bylaw without providing the necessary education and techniques, then it would be regarded as violence by the government," Chang said.

"The strident sound of the electric saw cutting down a cinnamon tree, a eucalyptus tree, a mango tree, and a banyan tree also cut through Long-An residents' hearts," said Hong Chiu-chia (洪秋甲), the borough chief of Long-An borough. Hong said that he could not sit back and watch without going to the rescue of his "old friends" as he has lived in this neighborhood for 48 years, and has been borough chief for 18 years.

"Besides, protecting old trees is to protect the value of the real estate. As a borough chief I'm taking care of residents' money," Hong said.

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