Our wonderful city recently suffered an unusually vicious rain and wind storm that took down many of its graceful and mature trees. Fortunately, however, we are blessed as a community to have a Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department, and in particular, the Forestry Division, led by our city arborist, Jeff Tarling, who responded to the emergency with care, efficiency and good judgment. Jeff and his team made urgent and critical decisions to protect the safety of our citizens and preserve the integrity of our beautiful “Forest City.”

Kudos to Jeff and his hardworking forestry staff, who log long hours of difficult and often dangerous work as they continue to respond to our neighbors’ calls for their service.

Phyllis Givertz