|Action||Amend Vegetation Control Regulations on State Rights of Way|
|Comment Period||Ends 2/2/2022|
In the "Rationale for Using Fast-Track Rulemaking Process" it is stated, "The requirement that any vegetation cut be replaced remains in the regulation, which should satisfy those persons concerned with the environmental impacts of cutting vegetation."
This requirement does NOT satisfy me. It is not that simple, and there is so much more to consider.
I am a citizen and business owner who is concerned with the environmental impacts of cutting trees and vegetation. Trees and vegetation help protect against erosion and flooding of roads and properties--that includes business properties. Therefore removing trees and vegetation can have costly consequences.
Trees and vegetation also provide oxygen and reduce air pollution, capture polluted stormwater and contribute to our individual and community health. Therefore, more thought and study-to include a complete cost-benefit analysis- needs to be done. A hastily fast-tracked set of guidelines is not in the public's best interest--and that includes businesses.