Letters to the editor

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.

Jim Fazio


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To make sure you know you're not alone in your view of the roadside butchery, we agree. Over the years, I've noticed some of the cutter operators are more aesthetically sensitive than others. Maybe this year they were a beginner.


The only way this makes sense is if you personally volunteer to cut every limb and tree from the shoulder and fourteen feet up for twenty miles of roadway. What's that, you're saying you want someone else to do all that work?


I lost 10 years of growth that helped naturally fence my property to one of these MOW to help visibility jobs. It is like a tornado, and yes if I was properly informed that there was a problem with visibility I would have done it myself rather than lose property and landscaping that will not grow back in my lifetime.

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