Almost immediately after I posted the shocking story the letters from Arboretum decision makers began to appear on the list serves refuting and trying to explain the story in a different way. I waited to see what would come of the excited blogosphere's out cries over the holiday weekend. Thanksgiving passed happily. I found a part two, on Washington Gardener's magazine, with a reply and a commentary saying the directors at USNA aren't talking straight. Makes me feel bad that they want to still cut down 20-25% of the azaleas which happen to be the biggest and oldest ones in the woods most of them 50 to 60 years old! Part two Save the USNA azaleas.
I took an unusual step and wrote to my only congressional representative about the problem and today I got a response which is very gratifying. (see reply below) I also got word that my friend in Holland, Cor Windhouwer wrote to Interim Director Jordan Ramon PhD. He got the three excuses letter last weekend. Now the Congresswoman is asking questions and our pleas for help are being heard. Good work activists! Keep the pressure on write your Federal government representatives and ask them to add your voice for funding the full Arboretum's needs.