Bud Sparhawk's "Encounter in a Yellow Wood" (short story, free): There's a human problem with long gestation projects...
Note: There is a publisher's regret notice with the online copy of this story (linked below) at Analog - that printed version had errors & that this online version is clean. Only, the online version has atrocious paragraph spacing (at least in my Firefox) & totally wrong page title!
Story summary.Two technological options, each spanning decades, to render cities' garbage dumps harmless: one involves repeated planting/cutting of genetically modified trees; other is faster but doesn't involve any tree planting & leaves the site unusable till the project is over. Which is a better option?
This story mostly focuses on the former, where the locals have come to love the intermediate woods & would rather not have the site completely cleaned up because this will make the site unusable to community during intervening years.
Fact sheet.First published: Analog, March 2010.
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Related: Stories of Bud Sparhawk.