Target: Walter J. Hood
Goal: Praise Walter Hood for re-oaking Oakland, California.
Before urbanization, the city of Oakland was known for its namesake. Giant oaks littered the landscape and they were revered by the Native Americans who called this place home. Unfortunately, these oaks were cut down to make way for paved roads and buildings. Now, there are only a few of these trees remaining. However, one architect by the name of Walter J. Hood is “re-oaking” the city in an attempt to bring nature back into the urban environment. Sign this petition and thank this man for providing clean air and supporting the existence of trees in our cities.
Hood, along with a band of volunteers, recently planted 72 saplings in West Oakland Park. Also included among the saplings is a map of historic Oakland. The saplings will remain in the park until they are old and strong enough to be transported to various locations in the city. Hood plans to send these trees to West and East Oakland–areas in the city that don’t have as many trees. Hood believes that if the landscape changes, it will change your life, whether it be in a good or bad way. He hopes that the planting of these trees will leave a positive impact in the neighborhood.
Oakland has a rich history involving oak trees. The Ohlone Indians conducted an acorn harvest every year, and the Spanish and Mexican citizens named the place Oak Grove. One of the oldest and largest oak tree in the city is the Jack London Oak, which stands in front of the city hall. Walter Hood is bringing back this rich history of the oak tree by planting these saplings, but he is also educating the populace about the importance of having trees in one’s home. Sign this petition and thank this man for bringing back the oaks.
Dear Walter Hood,
I am writing this letter to thank you for your work planting oak saplings in Oakland. It is unfortunate that many of our trees are cut down to make way for paved roads and buildings, but I hope that as the public becomes educated about the importance of our environment, trees will no longer be on the chopping block. What you’ve done by planting oaks in the West Oakland Park is a commendable thing, and I hope others will take on the initiative.
Our trees need to be a part of our urban environment, not outside of it. I am glad that you’re teaching the city and its citizens the importance of having a bit of nature in their cities and I implore you to continue your work.
[Your Name Here]
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