I have enjoyed visiting Kylander this semester: he and his little habitat next to admissions have provided a calm spot of quiet reflection during my busy weeks. While he may not have the large, swinging branches of the trees in front of my house I liked to climb as a kid, he can–and will–provide a lot of joy now and in the years to come. Remember, Kylander is only a small nugget of a tree–he still has a lot of growing to do! Imagine being able to return to campus every year to see his branches grow longer and trunk taller; creating a nice canopy over the admissions habitat for all of Dickinson’s beloved squirrels to burrow in. If he is allowed to live, someday students will be able to sit in the shade of Kylander’s branches. Please don’t destroy what is bound to be a beautiful future for Kylander by chopping him down to make cork–who even likes corkboards anyways?? Save Kylander and his family; buy some glue dots to hang your pictures and command hooks to store your keys. Better yet, kill two birds with one stone and just reuse an old bowl to store your keys instead of contributing to plastic waste!
What impression would prospective students get of Dickinson, a supposedly sustainably-minded school, if they cut down the adorable little tree right outside of admissions? What would they have to look at otherwise? More buildings? They see enough of those on tours. Parking lots? Come on, we all know that they’re part of the problem. Now that I think about it, what would Kylander’s home become if he was removed from it? There are a few small shrubs nearby, but not enough to be considered worth saving with a mindset geared toward making money. Despite the many large parking lots, street curbs cutting between campus, and ban on cars for freshmen, Dickinson students are constantly complaining about there not being enough parking. A new parking lot at Kylander’s home would stop these complaints and make more money for the school as more people buy parking passes, but at what cost? Yup, all the environmental values that Dickinson claims to abide by. (On that note, why is Dickinson considering cutting down any of its trees if it’s such a sustainable school?)
Not only would cutting down Kylander and developing his home remove any semblance of environmental values from Dickinson, but it would also steal from any future beauty at that site. Every spring and summer, winds blow away Kylander’s seeds and they find themselves rooted throughout campus. Some must not go too far. In a few years, there could be a miniature grove of trees that would provide a home for animals and serenity for students. Overall, letting Kylander stay at Dickinson would benefit more people than the minimal amount of cork that could be made from such a small trunk.