Forty-four years ago Christopher P. Stone wrote an essay that was both ridiculed by the legal profession and praised by the young environmental movement--Should Trees Have Standing. He proposed that natural objects, such a piece of land, a river, or a mountain--could and should be granted legal rights, including the right to sue for damages. The Maori of New Zealand have finally made it a reality.

See this New York Times article. 



PlantAmnesty has created No Place for Old Trees, a PowerPoint that explains why the Urban Forest never gets the support it deserves AND why right now may be the worst of times for trees. Watch for a Constant Contact with more details.

The presentation was made possible by a Community Forestry Assistance grant from the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and funded by the USDA Forest Service which is an equal opportunity everything, they wanted you to know.