One article I praise a new neighbor and for good reason. The Orchards at Orenco just opened Phase 1 and they built a gorgeous Passive House example of what could be done. In fact this week they held their grand opening and ground breaking with much fanfare and politicians. They even used pieces of the old Packing Warehouse from Orenco (Oregon Nursery Company) as some benches and honored the once burgeoning business with some inlaid plaques.
Then two days later they Cut down one of 2 Historic Fir Trees that have sat for over a Century on either side of the Railroad at the entrance to the Station at 229th Avenue. This morning at 6:40 AM out my window here on Alder Street I heard a Chain Saw spark to life and I knew it was over. Yesterday I had stopped by the job site at the project to see about the 10 foot deep Cistern on the site which may contain historic items hoping the folks at REACH would be kind enough to let our folks look for some pieces of History. No luck on that front as they are waiting for word from the higher ups.
When asked about the Historic Fir the foreman let me know they were taking it down; but he went on to say he wishes they wouldn’t because it “is a really great tree- one that was hit by lightning and survived.”
Despite my immediate email to the Project staff at REACH the tree is gone. They chose not to respond and that may speak volumes – as in most cases this might be more form over substance.
Anyway- the early morning Saws gave me a chance to wander over and film the last moments of life for the giant and at least I was there to say goodbye- that Tree has been a good friend these many years. Since I was a little guy playing on the original Orenco Station platform on Alder in fact.
Goodbye is never easy. Harder when it is something not of one parties choosing and clearly unnecessary.
Here is the film from this AM-
RIP ORENCO FIR – 7/2/2015 – 6:48 AM