Magazine article American Forests

Feds War over Woods

Magazine article American Forests

Feds War over Woods

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The Cold War has ended, so let's call this one the Canopy War. Seems the National Park Service and the U.S. Air Force have been engaging in a little long-term head-butting over trees that buffer Andrews Air Force Base's runways from the adjacent commuter-lader Suitland Parkway in Maryland.

"We call them trees. They call them obstructions," Susan Rudy, an environmental specialist with the NPS, told The Washington Post.

The situation, simmering since 1991, involves 4,800 oaks, tulip poplars, and pines the Air Force says are in the way of its takeoffs and landings and cause especial problems when visibility is poor.

Nonsense, says the Park Service. "The trees in question provide a wooded appearance to the Parkway corridor and are an important component of the Historic Register site's cultural landscape and aesthetic appearance," according to a written NPS summary, the Post's Eugene Meyer writes.

The trees, some of which are 75 feet tall, stand along 80 acres at the eastern end of the parkway. …

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