On Sunday morning I was shocked to see the county road department using a brush hog (vertical rotor mower) destroying the trees and other vegetation along Whiskey Creek Road. As the owner of a vacation rental I try to impress visitors with the beauty of the area.
As one neighbor said, “It is nice to see around corners, but it sure does look rough as a cob...The ugly massacred limbs of the trees won’t go away anytime soon.” As a certified arborist, I can add that the jagged,splintered limbs are also one of the worst things you can do to a tree since they provide an entry point for fungal decay that overcomes the tree’s natural defense system.
Our guests are charged a 10 percent lodging tax that I understand is supposed to be used to benefit visitors and residents through tourism. Making our scenic roadsides look like a tornado went through is no way to do this. I understand that unless the county stops this project, the destruction is even scheduled to go up past Cape Lookout State Park.
Instead of the butchering effects of a brush hog, why not use prison labor, the unemployed, or a contractor to do the clearing but to do it right, at least by pruning limbs with a saw. Let’s put a higher value on our trees and our scenic resources than is evident by this awful method of roadside clearance.