Environment Watch: Green group fights to save Kfar Saba's eucalyptus trees

The city wants to remove the trees to widen a road and conceal electrical lines under it

September 11, 2007 10:28
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The Israel Union for Environmental Defense (IUED, Adam, Teva Ve'Din) has stepped in to try to save dozens of veteran eucalyptus trees from being uprooted in Kfar Saba, according to local.co.il. The environmental organization has asked the city engineer not to harm the 60-year-old trees that line the length of Rehov Hata'as, which the city is planning to widen to create two lanes in each direction. According to the report, the city's planning and construction committee has approved the widening of the road and the concealing of electrical lines under the new road, at a total cost of NIS 10 million. Mayor Yehuda Ben Hamo said the work would modernize the area and draw in businesses and the public. Eucalyptus trees are protected by national law and uprooting them would require a special permit from the Jewish National Fund. An IUED lawyer urged the city to find an alternative plan that would not involve uprooting the trees. A municipal spokesman said the city was "acting to preserve the trees as far as possible, in keeping with plans for traffic and widening the road."

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