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Vegetation Control Regulations on State Rights of Way [24 VAC 30 ‑ 200]
Action Amend Vegetation Control Regulations on State Rights of Way
Stage Fast-Track
Comment Period Ends 2/2/2022
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1/31/22  10:14 am
Commenter: Shannon Brennan

oppose fast track

Please do not "fast track" the option to cut larger trees in front of businesses. Shade is more important than ever in urban settings to reduce the heat island effect from asphalt and concrete. As the climate gets hotter, large trees are one of the best defenses against climate change because they sequester more carbon dioxide and also absorb more rain to lessen stormwater impacts.

They also add to the beauty of cities and make businesses more attractive, not less attractive. I have never heard of a street tree reducing business and can't imagine this is a real problem, but destroying trees is a real problem.

Thank you for reconsidering!

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