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April 18, 2008

Lee County --  Pine saplings are disappearing by the hundreds near some Lee County neighborhoods.   New federal regulations for holding ponds now require the county to clean up around them.

Public Works employees have work orders for 70 of the county's 105 holding ponds to improve soil and control erosion. In the Palmyra Two subdivision, off Fussell Road, crews bulldozed several rows of small trees, as Teneal Clayton and her young twins watched in shock.

"We used to not even be able to see the backyards of the people in that neighborhood," says Teneal Clayton. "Now as you can see its just a big wide open area, and so I asked them how plowing down trees is going to help drainage? I don't understand how that is going to make a big difference? She said, supposedly it is, and she said 'I bet you they're not just going to stop with plowing down the tree. I bet they're going to take all the vegetation off of this area.'"

Public Works Director William Clark said the trees were young volunteers and have prevented grass from growing to protect against erosion.

Once the trees are cleared the county plans to seed the area for grass.

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