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    Trees over Billboards

    Opinion from the Louisville Courier-Journal, May 22, 2005

    A lawless massacre
    http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/...7/1055/OPINION

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    Over and over again, the members of the Kentucky General Assembly have made it clear: They do not want trees cut down in the public right-of-way in order to make billboards sitting on private land more visible to travelers.

    But in the end, sanity prevails, and lawmakers conclude that Kentucky's greater resource is its scenic beauty, not privately owned billboards.

    No doubt the debate over tree and brush cutting will continue when lawmakers gather again next year. But until the law is changed, it's clear that trees are not to be cut on the public right-of-way except for safety reasons.

    So far, there has been no public pressure to change that law and give billboard companies a reason to ruin Kentucky's beautiful landscapes with even more of their signs.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    Opinion from the Louisville Courier-Journal, May 22, 2005

    A lawless massacre
    http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/...7/1055/OPINION

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    And when said trees ARE clandestinely cut, a simple sign prominently posted where they were, readable by passing traffic, saying "THESE TREES WERE ILLEGALLY CUT/KENTUCKY (or whatever state) DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION" will certainly get the message across to the public, as well as to the offending sign company or even adjoining commercial property owner.



    Mike

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    And when said trees ARE clandestinely cut, a simple sign prominently posted where they were, readable by passing traffic, saying "THESE TREES WERE ILLEGALLY CUT/KENTUCKY (or whatever state) DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION"
    Excellent idea mgk. The billboard companies cutting trees was one of my pet peeves when I was with the NJ DOT. In at least one case they actually removed trees that were planted. They like to say its a matter of free speech, but what about the individual's right to a landscape uncluttered with all that visual pollution?

    Then of course there is the option of clandestinely cutting the billboard supports, or drilling a few holes in them so they blow over in the next storm...
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    Quote Originally posted by boilerplater
    Excellent idea mgk. The billboard companies cutting trees was one of my pet peeves when I was with the NJ DOT. In at least one case they actually removed trees that were planted. They like to say its a matter of free speech, but what about the individual's right to a landscape uncluttered with all that visual pollution?

    Then of course there is the option of clandestinely cutting the billboard supports, or drilling a few holes in them so they blow over in the next storm...
    I wouldn't go that far, but I did recall reading about an example of such a sign being used by MDOT (Michigan). Within a few weeks, the offending billboard went blank. (hehehehehe )

    If used, one would also have to 'protect' such signs by including 'NO TRESPASSING - STATE OF (whatever) OWNER' notices (facing 'out') on the ROW fence and also next to the signs themselves. I would even go as far as to include one on the ROW fence facing every billboard or other commercial property.

    The offending parties were clearly trespassing on land that was not theirs when they cut the trees.

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    There was a similar, almost more egregious example in Sacramento County, California, A local overachiever/egomaniac bought a lot and built his godawful McMansion on steroids overlooking the American River (you know the kind of eyesore, the bloated castle that is visible for hundreds of yards by park users.). He tresspassed on County park property to cut down trees to improve his view. He got a slap on the wrist

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    In Helena, the City planted trees along Euclid Avenue as a beautification program. They looked nice and tourists coming from the southwest got a nice scenic boulevard coming into town. That is, until the outdoor advertising company threatened to sue becuase the trees might obscure his billboard. The City cut down the trees.
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    someone has to....

    I think that I shall never see
    A billboard lovely as a tree.
    Indeed, unless the billboards fall
    I'll never see a tree at all.
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    He did not know he could not fly, so he did.
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    State permits

    Some states have a specific permit process to allow trees in the State highway right-of-way to be cut down to improve visibility to a billboard. It is particularly horrible when a brand new billboard is involved.

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