6/8/16 – 5:11 A.M.
The Hancock County Commissioners will be visiting sites along the Blanchard River where dead ash trees have been removed. The Courier reports that the effort is being made in response to recent social media posts by diversion channel opponents that say some of the trees being cut down are being left too close to the river. The worry is that the trees will get pulled back into the river during a flood, causing logjams.
According to the newspaper, Commissioner Brian Robertson says that many of the diversion channel opponents are being incited for former county commissioners. He declined to say which former commissioners might be involved.
H&H Land Clearing is handing the tree clearing effort. Representatives tell the commissioners they are getting the trees as far away from the river as they can. Gary Tuttle is a district technician for Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District. He says in some cases the wooded area is too big to remove the trees beyond it. In other cases, the trees are too big to be moved any further.
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