A new video by Scenic America board member Ossian Or examines the issues of tree cutting and tree poisoning to increase the visibility of billboards. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxJWSBlgp2I
Ossian was in Florida shortly after the media broke the story of the whistleblower in Tallahassee who alleges he was told by his employer, Lamar Advertising, to cut and poison trees under the cover of darkness. He alleges that Lamar wanted the trees to decay to the point where they would need to be removed by the city at the public’s expense.
The video sheds light on a long history of what the industry calls “vegetation control,” otherwise known as tree cutting or removal.