Ironically in this day and age of greening and trees, the Field Museum is trying to destroy perfectly healthy, productive trees to make their building more visible and plant shorter perennials. These are trees that are owned by the public on public land. There all kinds of large open lawn areas near the museum to do prairie-type plantings. Their building is huge and plenty visible: it is on our cherished lakefront and should have trees near it. This is only the first phase of the Field Museum destroying many trees. They have already removed beautiful elm trees. We need to save these trees.
Chicago needs its urban forest more than ever as it is in decline as far more trees are removed than planted. Emerald ash borer has killed thousands of Chicago trees over the past few years. Trees have been proven to reduce cardiovascular disease and help reduce stress, reduce crime and also clean the air of toxins and give us the oxygen we breath. They provide food and habitat for wildlife. Trees give us benefits far beyond the initial investment: trees are also an appreciating asset and make businesses more inviting and increase property values and turn bleak and barren spaces into urban oases.