Preserve Stadium Woods forever
By Marlene A. Condon
It’s difficult to understand how there can be any question about preserving Stadium Woods, the 14-acre tract of land at Virginia Tech that supports a few dozen old-growth white oaks (“Stadium Woods safe for now,” Aug. 22).
Some of the trees are known to be 300 to 400 years old, sporting diameters of 3 to 4 feet. Each is a work of art, so to speak, designed by Mother Nature or God, depending upon your beliefs.
But while no one would dream of destroying a precious painting 300 to 400 years old, even though it could easily be recreated by a talented artist or even a computer, people now argue that it’s not necessary to save in perpetuity the precious white oaks of Stadium Woods — centuries-old trees that cannot be recreated by man or technology after they’ve been chopped down.
Condon is a naturalist and writer who graduated from Virginia Tech in 1979. She is the author/photographer of “The Nature-Friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People.”