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Artist gather to memorialize Kopachuck trees

(Sept. 6, 2011) -- A Washington Parks Commissioner told the Kitsap Sun that she knew she’d have to answer to the public’s grief over the loss of the Kopachuck trees, and arranged to keep them alive in the form of art.

GIG HARBOR, Wash. — When former state Rep. Pat Lantz learned that the diseased evergreens in the campground at Kopachuck State Park will be cut down in the next few weeks, she was heartsick, reports the Kitsap Sun.

As a Parks Commissioner, she told the Kitsap Sun that she knew she’d have to answer to the public’s grief over the loss of the trees, so she contacted her friend Robin Peterson, a local artist, and asked Peterson to gather her fellow artists to sketch, photograph and create paintings of the Kopachuck trees as a sort of memorial.

To read the complete report in the Kitsap Sun, click here.

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