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Paving paradise for a parking lot sometimes makes sense

Maple trees are like the rabbits of the tree world.
That’s according to Patrick McIntosh, Urban Forestry Coordinator and certified arborist with the City of Nanaimo.
He says, besides their reproduction capabilities a maple tree can live, in the forest to be 200 years old and in urban setting about half that long.
But, he says sometimes, they just don’t make it….
A group of protesters gathered this week over plans to take out a landmark maple tree at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan, with one woman spending the night chained to the tree.
Officials with the CVRD say the old maple tree has to go because it is damaged.
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