Last year, Stadium Woods crashed into the public consciousness. Fans of the old-growth forest behind Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium rallied to protect the trees, some of which are older than the United States.
Since then, people who want to cut down some of the woods to make way for an indoor football training facility have remained mostly silent. They held no counter protests to rallies and events in support of preserving the woods. To our knowledge, only the editorial writers at The Collegiate Times, Tech’s student newspaper, made a significant public argument in favor of axes and chainsaws.
Administrators and the board of visitors will have the final say on whether Stadium Woods survives as is. We urge them to put the training facility elsewhere.