Cahit Altunay, Vice-Chair of the AK Party Istanbul State, has issued a press statement about logging 112 plane trees on Ciragan Road.
Altunay said the research required to preserve the trees was not done and permission was not obtained at the time of logging.
Altunay said the Forestry Region Department was punished by the IMM for cutting down trees. “Previously they went to save the horses on the island, they came to save them. Then the world’s leading animal care center was built in our time, they are Istanbul Said it would be a home for our dear friends, they filled those beautiful places for them. Here, the hundreds of years old plane trees that we recently witnessed take precautions. It was cut down without any effort, destroying its beautiful historical texture. Said.
“Can be treated”
Recalling that the tree disease was not diagnosed for the first time, Altunay said:
“What does it mean to cut 39 trees overnight? I had a hard time when the disease was discovered many years ago. I used to have to cut 4-5 trees a year. Trees were cut down and treatment methods were used to prevent the spread .. Those trees were saved. Sorry. Looking now, there are clearly three flaws, both technically and administratively. There is an error.
Most importantly, there are scientific mistakes. I say technically because such a decision was made without sufficient research and research by subject experts. Administratively, there is only one forest engineer who is a natural member of the Natural Heritage Conservation Commission, but unfortunately he was not present at the meeting when the decision was made. One of the administrative mistakes is that neither the Monument Commission nor the State Department of Agriculture and Forestry has received letters, requests or permits.
Most importantly, unfortunately, this permit was not obtained from the Regional Forestry Authority, which requires a permit to log it. As a result, the Forestry Area Bureau has also imposed administrative fines on felled trees. Third, there was no scientific approach. Zeki Severoğlu, one of the professors at Marmara University, made good observations about the detection of this disease. He discovered the disease and took a series of preventative measures. In line with his precautions, these treatments were applied, and the disease was partially prevented, postponed, and even prevented from spreading.
“What’s the next plane?”
Altunay said the plane tree processing process has gone through and is worried about other plane trees in the future. Cahit Altunay “What happened, do you bypass all these processes and kill those 100-150 year old plane trees overnight, as if you were stealing goods from the fire?” It’s like a street with historic buildings and cultural properties. It’s intertwined with the historic plane trees that offer a visual feast. A few years later, Çırağan street will also be the tomb of these plane trees. I think not.”
East Sycamore, one of Turkey’s most important trees, is a species that lives in harmony with water. I wonder if there wasn’t enough water in the summer. Did they get damaged during the salting they made in winter? Did they not protect it well with asphalt work? Did they spread the disease, despite the disease or because the pruning was done without disinfecting the cutting tools? On such a meaningful day, no one has the right to ruin this silhouette, ruin the landscape, and undermine the historic texture of the beautiful district where the two important plane trees grow. “