We recently got word that the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) will soon be removing trees within 15 feet of the levees. While this may not sound like much, it will be a huge undertaking. It has already begun, unofficially.
The reason I dread it it is that I count on the trees to protect me from the summer sun. On very hot days, I usually take the HuggaMutt through the woodsy areas. They will diminish.
But! We have to do whatever is necessary to protect the city from floods like in 1972. Elmira never really recovered from that one.
You can check out what it all means here. See why I dread it.