An open letter to the Gibraltar Town Board
For years we had been looking for property in Door County. We decided that the most beautiful spot was Fish Creek, and we dreamed of being somewhere overlooking the water. We found a spot on Gibraltar Bluff Road, with two simple cottages. Our favorite elements were the view of the bay and the beautiful stand of birch trees by the driveway.
As you drove down Gibraltar Bluff Road, you could always see which property was ours by these lovely trees as the road went around the bend. Our directions to anyone coming to see us included the phrase, "Look for the birch trees."
Our family has been coming up here for a hundred years, and we have always been taught to have great respect for the birch trees. There was a sign in a house where I grew up that warned people from stripping bark off of a birch tree since it was against a Wisconsin law.
If it is against the law to strip the bark, there should certainly be a law for indiscriminately cutting them down. There aren't that many birch trees left in Door County, and these were extremely beautiful and healthy specimens. We could envision them being here for generations to come.
The trees were bright and shining in the daylight, and they glowed in the moonlight when we walked down the road. We have been thinking this year of naming our property The Birches.
Then, when we came up in early summer, THE TREES WERE GONE - destroyed and hauled away. We were told that it was due to safety concerns. That is so hard to understand. We have NEVER seen more than one car at a time on this road, and even that car is few and far between.
There were other huge trees cut down. We are very sorry about their loss as well. This used to look like a lovely country lane, and now it looks like a farm road.
Our trees are gone. Never again will see them welcoming us as we drive down the road. Never again will we see them glistening in the moonlight. Never again will we be able to name our property The Birches. They have been destroyed, chopped down and hauled away.
As it stands, we are very sad that we had no recourse. We have always LOVED the people in this region, and we appreciate those who are working to take care of it. If you want to protect the residents and visitors alike, we think that there are many more significant safety issues facing the Gibraltar that the Town Board could be spending its time on, rather than destroying the natural beauty of Door County.
In the meantime, we pray that the Gibraltar chairman and Town Board will listen to reason.
Carol and Peter Benoist