There is still a chance, perhaps a small one, but a chance nevertheless, to block the billboard industry’s attempt to clear-cut taxpayer owned trees on the state’s highways. It will take a veto by Governor Deal.
Former state representative and retired Columbus lawyer Milton Jones, who is an enthusiastic Trees Columbus booster, states the problem and the solution.
House Bill 179 allows billboard companies to clear-cut every single tree in a view zone in front of a billboard. Thanks to powerful billboard interests, HB 179 passed the Georgia General Assembly despite significant public opposition.
Billboard owners can already trim and cut trees in front of billboards under existing law, but HB 179 would cut down every single hardwood and pine tree in a 250 foot view zone in front of billboards. These are trees owned by the public that would be sacrificed for private gain. HB 179 harms the scenic beauty of Georgia.
Urge Governor Deal to stand up for trees and veto House Bill 179. You can email the governor by clicking here.