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Staff Pick: What Do We Lose When We Lose Trees?

Beyond the destruction, the smashing of cars and in some cases, homes, what happens to a city when it loses so many trees?

Are these winds that took so trees nature's way of clearing out and making room for the new? Friday at 11 a.m., we’ll look at the natural patterns of trees, as well as our emotional, mental and physical costs when those big, beautiful stately trees come crashing down. Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni told us that trees have always lived at the mercy of great forces of disturbance like wind, and while trees are designed to withstand these forces, sometimes, they do succumb. We’ll share some tales of trees and discuss what the destruction of trees means for the tree-lovers in many of us.


Here's what RadioWest producer Tim Slover had to say about this episode: 

Okay, I guess I really am a tree guy. Remember that wind storm that knocked a ton of them over? Not to be overly sentimental, but that was a blow. This conversation, I hope, helped listeners process that moment a bit.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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