Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Transportation
Department of Transportation
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 Ended on 2/2/2022
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1/31/22  10:43 am
Commenter: Kit Norland, Arlington Tree Action Group

Please do not fast-track regulations allowing VDOT to jeopardize bigger trees

There is growing understanding that a natural bulwark against climate change is mature trees.  Please do not make it easier for actors like VDOT to put at risk a key ally in reducing impacts of severe weather! Trees provide enormous public benefits--reducing flooding, improving air quality, enhancing public health, and reducing energy use, to name a few. Any regulation that impacts healthy trees requires in-depth cost-benefit analysis; please ensure that analysis is done. Until then, these regs should not be fast-tracked. Thank you for taking into consideration the ecosystem benefits of trees and all they do for residents.

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