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Tree Ordinances: When Conservation And Property Rights Clash

Gov. Abbott wants the state to roll back city tree ordinances, but the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy is concerned that it will hinder the replanting efforts there.

One of the items on Governor Abbott's agenda for the special session of the Texas Legislature is to repeal tree ordinances in cities, essentially removing a city's authority to regulate trees on private property.

Meanwhile, the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy is concerned that, should the legislation pass, it will affect many of the trees that survived Hurricane Ike and hinder the replanting efforts on the island that began in 2010.

We hear from State Sen. Donna Campbell on her efforts to roll back local tree ordinances across the state.

Then, Jackie Cole joins us. She’s the president of the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy and will discuss her organization’s concerns. And she’ll give us an overview of the challenges that might take place if the repeal of the tree ordinances in cities is passed.

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