"Trees really?" asks yet another anonymous commenter. Missing the point about the need to work with the ecosystems we have the commenter frantically assumes that preserving the environmental mean that we must forget about creating "...hundreds of [low paying service] jobs, increase property value [for those who live far enough away and for the developer as well as giving] a struggling county a boost". With evident lack of environmental literacy in hand the anonymous commenter chooses an ad hominem attack indicative of a barren argument writing that I "...have entirely too much time on [my]hands."
The next quirky statement ("Why don't you use that energy to bring more business to PG? ") shows accomplished lack of any ability to do anything but mindlessly react as I indeed have been writing speaking and working to save the 6 figure science research jobs of USDA-ARS BARC and NAL that this county has been losing - some 200 super grade research jobs since this county began to focus on malls instead of high pay 21st century work. I would wager that my hidden commenter has never brought Maryland's DBED to a meeting in the county whereas I will be bringing together federal state and local political stakeholder this week to discuss hi tech economic development in Prince George's County which interestingly enough would involve the science of trees, very important to the world but not to the narrowly focused resident commenter. And it would involve more than trees; the research would involve everything you eat and the health of your family, not just discount items that help make our daily lives better.
The next statement shows that my commenter has not read the footnotes or has no ability to provide substantive factual information to support his or her position. I would guess that the commenter is dealing with emotional opinions, the same kind that paralyzes our national political conversation when it comes to science. The anonymous resident is of an opinion that "[r]esidents like me] chase away big business because [I] fear change." I submit that it exactly the narrow short sighted fixation on temporary transient development that sends hi tech campus to woodland properties. The high tech 21st century jobs do not want to place themselves in a forest of crumbling infrastructure surrounded by service malls designed to last 10 years.
You live in a city the commenter cries. And indeed I do but my city of Prince George's is blindly moving backwards to a concrete desolate desert, while cities like Washington, D.C. and Chicago trumpet urban forests working to "green" the infrastructure and work to develop quality of live for as many as they cannot just a few.
Next in the diatribe of ill-considered ranting comes a off-hand slight to another great State followed by a complete lack of comprehension as to my personal and public position as to the history of Salubria. The record shows that I personally made the motion to remove the historic setting making it possible to develop the property per the existing zoning. None of my blogging has every stated that I thought the property should remain an empty lot, none, not ever. When the county decided to zone the property as it did the die was cast for this type of project. There are those of course who feel differently as there are those such as my commenter who at best find history a bother.
. Anonymous resident sums up the odd aggregation of splendidly convoluted opinion by strongly welcoming change which of course is welcomed by every living creature for it is the essence of life. Cloaked in his or her anonymity complete with grandiose rhetorical flourishes, resident anonymous welcomes growth (implicitly externalizing any costs onto someone else in this case our established under served communities). Resident anonymous welcomes, with a quaint rustic sophistry, "...civilization; welcomes ANYTHING that resembles class, cleanliness and sophistication in P.G. It is of course the use of PG at the end of the resident's sentence that piqued my curiosity for who does not know that the use of PG is a pejorative diminutive used to keep this county down and out. Resident anonymous continues, "Peterson Cos is the best thing to happen to this county." Superlatives are always a sign of hidden bothersome factoids, but given the lack of vision I would agree with the statement.
As to using my energy to combat weeds my new anonymous friend has done no homework what so ever. I have written over 300 articles on invasives species much of which is found at Invasive Notes.  I am working with the Prince George's Community College and federal agencies to develop work force curricula to prepare Prince George's County residents for the jobs of tomorrow. PGCC is committed to be a national leader in sustainability even if a few anonymous residents are looking backwards to a past that never was. It is not about the tree as tree but how we develop and grow in relationship to the world around us a world that provides needed and necessary services that anonymous resident implicitly seems to take for granted.
I surely agree that we need to find away to re-use the property that anonymous mentions next with its chained off buildings and failing development. On the other hand the wildly hysterical final comment defies reply - " That mall is being built on prime real estate between two major highways. Trees don't belong there, and it's about time they put it to use." The inability to have a conversation about ecosystem services and development must end. Chicago can grow and thrive with ecosystem services front and center, Washington dc works hard to find collaboration between shopping needs and environmental enhancement. Montgomery county tries to build a science city in partnership with Johns Hopkins and we fall over ourselves in ecstasy about a discount mall. Why can't Prince George's County dream large and demand better instead of settling for yesterday?
 See comment Prince George's County mauls its way through its woodlands and forests http://princegeorgian.blogspot.com/2012/01/prince-georges-county-mauls-its-way.html
 Welcome to the home of the National Agricultural Research Alliance - Beltsville: John Peter Thompson, President http://www.nara-b.org/
The National Agricultural Research Alliance - Beltsville, Inc. (NARA-B) was created to:
1. support the advancement of agricultural, human nutrition and scientific research missions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), located in Beltsville, Maryland, thereby securing the benefits of BARC research for farmers, the general public, the nation and the environment;
2. support the acquisition and preservation of agriculture and rural development information missions of the National Agricultural Library located in Beltsville, Maryland, which houses one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections;
3. advocating in support of BARC and its agricultural and horticultural activities before legislative, executive, administrative and judicial bodies, and the public generally, regarding the contributions to agricultural science, safe and healthful foods, environmental quality, national security and other benefits of BARC, and
4. consistent with BARC's mission, the maintenance and preservation of the natural and historic qualities of BARC, including but not limited to, open space, watershet protection and enhancement, clean air and water, and architecturally significant or historical structures.
 Anonymous resident
"And what is this garbage about saving a vacant lot because it has historic value? Every empty piece of land has history, and you want to save it because a slave child murdered the innocent white children of a slave owner? I'm thrilled it will be covered in concrete."