Plan to clear pines gets public hearing


There were many questions but no opposition at a public meeting last night on a master plan that would clear about 1,000 acres of scrub Virginia pine trees from Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area near Randallstown.

The plan, drawn by the state Department of Natural Resources, would be implemented over several years, restore about half of the area to grassland, and help preserve rare plants shaded by the pines. Controlled burning every three to five years would eliminate pine seedlings and revitalize grass, the plan says.

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