You may have read about this issue earlier: Take Action: “Trees cause global warming, methane, also drought by using up all the water.” or Charlotte Trees Slaughtered for Billboard Views.
Well, now the Lorax needs our help! He wants 1,000 children to submit comments to the NC Department of Transportation to save our trees from billboards by September 14th.
Some would say
“Kill those trees so folks can see a billboard, please!”
This would make the Lorax sad. This would make the Lorax mad!
This just has to stop before I pop!
Come one, come all, the Lorax called.
“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”
Save my trees for birds and bees!
You better listen to the Lorax!
Won’t you help him out? You can email this link Lorax Calls on 1,000 NC Children to Save Our Trees From Billboards to your children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors, and others and ask them to make comments. Children can draw a picture and submit with their comments.
Here are some key points that you might want to include (copy/pasting is ok!):
- I agree with the proposed rules– DOT should deny permits to remove trees and other vegetation if doing so would be in conflict with conservation easements, or with state or federal rules, statutes and permits.
- I agree that local governments should have at least 30 days advance review of the application to remove vegetation before the application is submitted to DOT.
- Don’t turn billboard companies loose with mechanized equipment that scrape every last blade of vegetation from the road.
- Don’t create a loophole to cut down even more trees to increase the visibility of roadside businesses. Clearing the view to businesses goes well beyond the language and intent of the law.
We have until September 14th to submit comments.
Written comments may be submitted as follows:
By fax: 919-733-9150
By mail: Helen Landi, APA Coordinator, 1501 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1501
Oral comments may be submitted by calling 919-707-2800 and asking for the APA Coordinator.
P.S. Yes, the Lorax asks “big kids”, treehuggers, adults, and everyone to submit comments by this Friday, Septemebr 14th. Do it today and make the Lorax smile!