- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Environmentalists are angry that no action has been taken against developers who cut down trees on state property without permission.

David Begneaud of TreesAcadiana tells The Advertiser of Lafayette (https://bit.ly/1FbA8U1) that someone cut down 50 to 60 trees, including large live oaks and pines that shaded part of Hugh Wallis Road near U.S. 90 in southern Lafayette.

Begneaud and Harold Schoeffler of the Sierra Club’s Acadiana Group say the trees were cut down without permission to improve the visibility from U.S. 90 of a Value Place Hotel on the road.

Begneaud says Lafayette’s city-parish government should have required developers to replant trees. Schoeffler says he’s filed a police complaint but expects no action. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, which owns the land, says it won’t pursue the matter.

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Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com

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