|Action||Amend Vegetation Control Regulations on State Rights of Way|
|Comment Period||Ends 2/2/2022|
I respond on behalf of Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (>5,000 members). The proposal does not take into consideration the public cost versus the private benefit of such tree pruning and tree removal. The public cost is loss of trees, which includes loss of storm water capture, air purification, mitigation of the heat island effect, and support of local wildlife. The amendment is framed ONLY in terms of the benefit to private business. Accordingly, we oppose fast-tracking this proposal.
Connie Ericson, Secretary and Advocacy Chair