Australian City Of Melbourne Finds Novel Way To Protect Its Trees

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Steve Inskeep @NPRinskeep

Good morning. I’m Steve Inskeep with 21st-century tree hugging. Melbourne, Australia, wants to protect its trees, so the city assigned every tree – tens of thousands – individual email addresses. If a tree is vandalized or diseased, you report it with that email. Residents realized you could also write letters to trees, which some do. A note to Green Leaf Elm, tree number 1022165, says, we don’t have much to talk about, but I am glad we’re in this together. It’s MORNING EDITION.