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Residents concerned about Bowman Field tree removal

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Many people living near Bowman Field are concerned about a project that is chopping down and trimming trees near the airport.

“This had changed the quality of our lives. Had made our street less desirable, not only to us, but anybody else that might be willing to buy,” said Carroll Grossman, who has had several trees removed from her yard.

The FAA released a report on Dec. 13 stating the project will have no significant impact on the area.

“Approximately 195 trees that will either be trimmed or taken down and I think of that 195, 53 are designated to actually be trimmed,” said Skip Miller, the Executive Director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority.

The airport is replanting some trees that will not grow as tall.

“The FAA has told us that we needed to clear those obstructions to make it safe. It has been a safety related issue for the last five years,” Miller said.

An arborist living in the area is concerned about the loss of tree canopy from the project.

He says the trees improve the look of the neighborhood, reduce heat, help with runoff, and clean the air.

“I don’t think, for the most part, we’re arguing about the removals. We’re arguing about the mitigation, the replacement, because they are taking a lot more than they’re giving back. This program is good for Bowman. It’s not good for the neighborhood,” Michael Hayman said.

Bowman Field says it is going beyond what is required by planting trees.

The project will ramp up in the coming months.

Residents say they will keep fighting to protect the character of the neighborhood.

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