Well, tree lovers (and others), the St.Martin Parish School Board voted 4 to 3, with a couple of abstentions, not to postpone the cutting of cypress trees on their Section 16 lands in the Basin not far from Butte LaRose. As sad and unwise as this seems to me, the trees are still standing, and we will continue to fight for them until they are actually lying on the swampy ground. In spite of Harold Schoeffler’s plea to fully investigate how much money could be made by selling carbon credits on uncut forest, and my plea to set an example of caring for the natural environment, the vote went against us. No one on the Board seemed even interested in the carbon credit idea, though that money could potentially benefit the School Board budget in a big way. In spite of this disappointing vote, all is not yet lost. As the saying goes, we have not yet begun to fight. But we will, and soon.