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Missing forest for the trees

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It’s an amount of money some people make in a year — $22,700.

Apparently there is also a tree worth just that much — bark, leaves and all — growing out of the ground in Soldotna.

That same 45-foot tall paper birch is worth more than some automobiles. But who would decide to take the time to discover that detail? To value that specific tree? To map it, inventory it, and catalogue it along with 500 other trees?

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