How The Highway Department's Controversial Methods Destroy Scenic Treelines
Beyond cleanliness and safety, what is the purpose and justification to the barbaric destruction of trees along the edge of highways with what looks like a glorified lawnmower? I'm so GREATLY thankful that BEAUTIFUL trees are left standing on our roadsides, but why after living here for over six years is it necessary to wake to the view of such butchery? I'm greatly saddened by the ugliness. As if the poison spray, leaving a line of brown death across the bottom half of the woods and contaminating my mail and mailbox wasn't enough. Tree limbs are ripped off, taking long strips of bark with them as if struck by wind or lightning. Exposed limbs are shattered, jutting out from the trees rather than cut across cleanly. It's like a tiny tornado descended. Much time will be required for them to grow enough to hide the damage. My children have been quite upset this morning, as they were already traumatized by the logging an unkind new 'neighbor' chose to bestow behind our house, despite monetary offers requesting they leave the bordering trees and so hide the destruction. It may be quick to 'mow' these lush forests, but to not do so neatly is so very ugly. I understand the need for safety and a better view of potential animals along the highway and I of course appreciate the hard work provided by the Kentucky Highway Department and all those who maintain Kentucky's highways, but what explanation can I provide to my children to justify the unkindness of the methods used? Perhaps I care too much for trees, but their beauty and oxygen is appreciated far more than their visual destruction.