Stop the Attack on Texas Trees
Legislation Could Overturn Local Tree Protection, Putting Even Our Largest Trees at Risk
How can it be that anyone can’t see the value in trees? We’re fighting local air pollution, water pollution, and climate change (including increasingly sweltering summers, increased flooding and increased drought). Trees help with all these things at a fraction of the cost of other solutions.
That’s not enough to win the love of Texas lawmakers though. Governor Abbott is on one end of the saw and the Texas Senate is on the other end. Abbott listed “preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land” on his list of subjects to address in this special session. In eager response, the Senate passed SB 14, which would prohibit cities and property owner associations from enforcing tree protection ordinances.
Over 100 Texas cities have rules to protect mature trees from destruction. Governor Abbott and the Texas Senate want developers and property owners to have the right to cut down trees regardless of their age or the impact on the surrounding community.
Don’t let the powerful developers and the lawmakers they have bought get their way.
The next step for anti-tree SB14 is the House Urban Affairs Committee.