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“Friends of Mitchell Park are Not Friends of Street Trees”

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“Dear PoPville,

The Friends of Mitchell Park (23rd St and S St, NW) are having a photo contest to celebrate a beautiful city park. Yeah!

However, they advertised their contest by stapling(!!) advertisements to city trees all around Dupont Circle. Not only is it against DC regulations to advertise on public property or permanently affix anything to trees, it’s quite ironic and sad to see a group celebrate one public good by desecrating another.

Note that they taped, not stapled ads on the trees in their park, so they knew that stapling ads to trees is harmful.

Anytime tree bark is pierced, even by staples, it creates an entry point for disease and parasites. Our street trees have a tough enough life without a pro-park group stabbing them with ads.

I’ve removed and trashed all the tree-stapled ads I could find. I hope others will do the same.”

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