Protesters try to save 5 downtown Salem trees

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 9:31 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — About a dozen people carried signs Tuesday in downtown Salem to protest the decision to allow a U.S. bank branch to cut down five mature trees.

One demonstrator, Mark Wigg, told the Statesman Journal (http://stjr.nl/12HMd4X) removing the trees would destroy what makes downtown Salem beautiful and unique.

The city's Shade Tree Advisory Committee approved a permit in January for the bank to remove the trees.

The bank says they obscure sight lines of the building and their roots crack the sidewalk and clog storm water lines.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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