Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Environmentalist: Cutting Trees Along Parkway Bad For State [AUDIO]

The recent news that four additional acres of trees are being removed as part of the parkway project is drawing criticism from an environmental group.

Garden State Parkway in Brick where trees are being stripped from the median
Garden State Parkway in Brick where trees are being stripped from the median (NJ DOT)

Doug O’Malley, Director of Environment New Jersey, said removing the trees would have lasting impacts on the state.

State policy requires larger development projects to replant trees they cut down, however, O’Malley noted that it’s not fair trees become “collateral damage,”

“The trees that they’re removing have been around for a long time and you don’t want to mess with trees that have been there for a while,” he cautioned.

Though the project would not add any additional lanes, it does expand the shoulders of the road-adding more blacktop. O’Malley said the solution won’t ultimately help traffic, but will remove a lot of air filtering trees by the road, worsening the state’s smog problem.

“Every county in the state either got a D or F, according to the American Lung Association. Smog is something that affects over half a million New Jersey residents who suffer from asthma, including Governor Christie.”

He also pointed out the aesthetic ramifications of more pavement and less trees along the parkway, worrying that it would create a closer look and feel of the more industrialized New Jersey Turnpike.

“We like the parkway because it’s a little more scenic, let’s keep it that way. Let’s not destroy our environment and our scenic vistas,” O’Malley said.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!