Once again, the so-called “authorities” are doing something unbelievably short sighted and stupid. Rhode Island is home to the Quonset Business Park, which has so far enjoyed some success, particularly as a port for the transport of cars.
Until recently Quonset also boasted about 400 acres of forested, mostly public land. But then someone decided the park would be so much more attractive to prospective businesses if they clear-cut the whole shootin’ match and replaced it with grassy “pads” and those pathetic little trees that landscaping companies always plant badly and end up dying.
Was there any permit required to destroy hundreds of mature trees? Nope. Does the state of Rhode Island even have a forest conservation plan? No. Is there any guarantee that once all those trees are gone and replaced by grassy “pads” that businesses will rush to set up shop there? Of course not, especially in the current economic climate.
So this tiny state has lost yet more precious forest – carbon-absorbing forest – and a few tree cutters made some money.
Does anyone care about a few hundred trees? I do.
For more on this latest environmental travesty, click here.
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