|A freshly-cut tree stump on Carrera Septima, in the city center.|
|A forlorn tree stump on Las Nieves Plaza.|
So, when one of those grand old trees becomes a nuisance, the easiest response may be to just cut it down. That solution is not only easiest, but also the most profitable: I understand that the city contractor gets paid for each tree it cuts down (rather than each tree it saves) and also gets to sell the lumber.
With incentives like that, it's a surprise that any tree is still standing.
It wouldn't be so bad if they actually replaced the trees, but the city rarely seems to.
|Along Carrera 7, the stumps have it. I didn't see any signs of replanting, either.|
|In the Parque Nacional, this big tree is leaning over, but otherwise healthy. Will officials cut it or save it?|
|Manuel can't hold the tree up, but a steel or cement column might. Instead, bet that the tree will be cut down.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours