As president of the Rockville chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, I answered a call from County Executive Sidney Kramer's office. The caller asked the league to participate in a ceremony in which Mr. Kramer and the county council would receive 100 trees from the state of Maryland. This ceremony, as explained to me, was to show the support and efforts of the county regarding the environment and conservation. The caller felt that because the Izaak Walton League is in the forefront of these efforts it would be good to have us represented.
But after reading recent news stories in regard to the council's poor voting record on these issues, I could not allow the Izaak Walton League Rockville Chapter to become involved in this political showboating.
Replacing 100 trees in this county is about as effective as throwing a thimble of water on a house fire. If the council and Mr. Kramer wanted to put some useful efforts behind the lip service that this county has been getting about conservation and the environment, they could do much more than stage this political grandstand.
Considering the thousands of acres of trees that have been exterminated in the name of development, which the council and Mr. Kramer are quick to support, these 100 trees are a slap in the face to anyone who has any regard for the environment and conservation.
And to have the nerve to ask a group like the Izaak Walton League to stand there at the ceremony and show it's support for this paltry effort is brass.
Until this county council and Mr. Kramer get off the pro-development bandwagon and stop trying to pave over every acre in Montgomery County, the Rockville chapter will not become part of this traveling circus. We will continue to be a force in the efforts of conservation.
The Izaak Walton League has stood for conservation since 1924, and it will continue to do so. As always we will do it without fanfare or hoopla. But, I believe that the quiet results we get are longer lasting than the front-page headlines that Mr. Kramer and the county council are trying to drum up.
It's too bad that those 100 trees being replaced were not 100,000 -- now that would have an impact. And I'm not talking for the entire state here, I am speaking of 100,000 trees for Montgomery County. Because it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that in the past few years many more than 100,000 trees have disappeared from the county.
EDWARD J. LOPEZ Germantown