Nov 06 2015
Before I retired from WQED in September 2014, this was the view outside my window … except there were trees.
Last month contractors removed all the trees on the hillside between CMU’s new Tepper Quad and Central Catholic’s football field. By the time I saw it a week ago it looked like this.
To give you an idea of what it used to look like, here’s a view of the remaining trees behind WQED.
In the grand scheme of things this was a small woodlot surrounded by parking lots and an astroturf field, host to many invasive species.
Does it matter that humans removed this small landscape?
It does to the animals who lived there.
In the remaining woodlot behind WQED two squirrels fought a territorial battle. The loud one said, “This is mine! You have to leave!” The other cowered but stayed nearby. Probably a refugee.
Winter or a predator will determine who survives.
(photos by Kate St. John)
p.s. Does anyone know whose project this is (CMU or Central Catholic?) and why it was done?
UPDATE: I haven’t been back to the site for a week but friends confirm that this is a CMU project and that all the trees are gone now. Every single one.