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More Majestic Oaks Saved - December 2014
LGCF members were among the more than 670 people to write to the Governor and sign a petition asking the DOTD not to cut down 13 oak trees -- some 100 years old or older -- along a two-lane stretch of highway in St. Mary Parish. They will not be cut down now that Gov. Bobby Jindal has intervened.
A news release from the DOTD issued in December 2014 quotes Secretary Sherri Lebas saying Jindal asked the department to preserve the trees "because of their importance to the parish and state."
The DOTD marked 13 oak trees along a 4.73-mile section of La. 182 for destruction in order to produce a 10-foot clear zone between the roadway and obstructions.
Today, Lebas is saying the department "recognizes the cultural significance of 13 oak trees located along this scenic byway and they will not be removed."
Lebas said in the news release that the department may only need to trim low-hanging branches to allow safe passage of large sugar cane trucks and farm equipment. The DOTD also may install safety enhancements like rumble striping along the edge of the roadway, non-reflective raised pavement markings and enhanced signage.