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Re: [Save] Action alert for tree cutting legislation in the senate

Subject: Re: [Save] Action alert for tree cutting legislation in the senate
From: Bradley J Bergstrom
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 15:53:35 -0400 EDT
In the ongoing saga, please contact your state Senator (Tim Golden, if 
you vote in Valdosta) and ask him/her to oppose SB 256.


Trees Columbus wrote:

>There is still a chance that SB 256, the tree-cutting for billboards 
bill,
>will reach the floor of the Senate on Tuesday.  We cannot overemphasize 
the
>importance of making our voices heard in regard to tree-cutting for
>billboards. Please take a moment to send a quick e-mail to members of 
the
>Senate. An e-mail list can be found below this message. An excel file is
>also attached if you would prefer another method of contact.
>
>Whether delivered via telephone, mail,  or e-mail, please make sure your
>message is courteous, concise, and helpful. 
>
>We would like our senators to vote NO on SB 256 should it come up for a 
vote
>on Tuesday.
>
>1.) Georgia has laws on the books regarding vegetation control and
>billboards. This legislation would greatly expand the viewing zones for
>billboards resulting in the clear cutting of more trees along our roads 
and
>highways. This clear cutting of public trees for the benefit of the
>billboard industry comes at the expense of all Georgians.
>
>2.) SB 256 is being falsely portrayed as a compromise approved by the 
Garden
>Clubs of Georgia with the billboard industry.  
>
>3.) Communities enact tree ordinances and sign ordinances with local
>community input to fit local community wants and needs. This legislation
>supercedes the needs of local communities in favor of the interests of a
>private industry.
>
>4.) Many of the trees planted along our roadways and public 
rights-of-way
>are done so as part of highway beautification and landscape projects 
with
>taxpayer money.  Not only does this bill prevent future plantings, it 
will
>be virtually impossible for SB 256 to ensure that trees planted with 
local,
>state or federal funds will not be removed.  
>
>Senate e-mail list:
>
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