EvaLyn Carlson, pastor at First Congregational-United Church of Christ, is new to the area, having moved to Fairmont last summer, but she's pretty passionate about removing trees from Fairmont's streets.She
doesn't like to be called a tree hugger or an environmentalist.She
describes herself as a conservationist, trying to take a common sense approach: If a tree is mature and has to be cut down, it should be cut down, but then the wood should be put to good use, and a plan should be in place for replacing it.
was taught to value trees as one of nature's most valuable resources by her
father, a forest ranger.Trees help homeowners conserve energy, filter pollutants and absorb carbon monoxide, as well as reduce storm water run-off.
As a Christian, Carlson
also believes theologically that God told humankind to till and keep the soil, to be "caretakers of our earth."
"And we certainly haven't been doing a good job with it â€" but it's not too late," she
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