For the past 30 years, a California man had cared for and cultivated a beautiful pepper tree name Clyde.
Hi, I’m an arborist. This means I am a professional in the cultivation, management, and study of trees. I love trees. I think they’re some of the most beautiful, majestic, ancient living beings on our planet…
I’m beginning to get older, and planting something that I knew would live well beyond my lifetime was something very special. I took very good care of him. I drained his soil, I gave him a crutch to lean on when he was a young lad, and I watched him grow. Just as Clyde was becoming a strong healthy individual, expanding his root system, developing a canopy, and making his own way in life, the mayor took it upon himself to uproot my beautiful child.”
Clyde’s root system had started to expand, and as a result, had begun to crack the sidewalk in front of the house. He didn’t have a problem with a root pruning, as is the usual step in cases like this, but the mayor shocked him and ordered the complete removal of his tree.
What was worse, they sent him the bill afterward.
He protested heavily, but his please for a root pruning fell on deaf ears. That’s when he decided to take his revenge on the city for murdering his tree.
For this, you will pay. Two years and seven months ago, I secretly planted 45 California Redwoods and 82 Giant Sequoias in various parks, yards, and state properties around your city.”
As federally protected species, the city would need to jump through dozens of hoops and red tape to remove the trees.
Today, each of their root systems will be at least 30 feet in diameter, and deeply embedded in the soil. You may have noticed the trees growing in front of city council, or that new one that sprouted up in your backyard. That’s a Giant Sequoia, and its growth will begin accelerating rapidly in the coming months.
Good day to you, sir. May your city be overrun by trees. And may Clyde rest in peace.”
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