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Dexter Woman Tries To Save Historic Tree Only To Have It Cut Down Hours Later

Lisa Barry

As the Washtenaw County Road Commission continues to clear trees from several roads where there have been serious accidents, a Dexter woman staged a protest there Monday morning hoping to stop the over 200 year-old tree from being cut down.  Hours later, she was gone, and all that remained was a big stump and tree debris.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is using a federal safety grant to cut downs trees in Dexter.  The goal is to create a ten foot safety zone for drivers on Mast Road and North Territorial.  But as 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells us, some residents oppose the project.

Leslie Panzica-Glapa tried to save a tree by standing next to it on Mast Road.  She believes the tree was over two hundred years old and that it served as a home for animals.  But her attempt didn't prevent the road commission from cutting it down.

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Panzica-Glapa suspects the tree was was over 200 years old.

“It is not just a tree, it's a living entity for a plant or whatever you want to call it. And do you know that these trees have a network underneath them and they all communicate with each other. It's been documented,” says Panzica-Glapa.

The road commission will cut down about 450 trees.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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