GOULDSBORO — The town must replant four large spruce trees that were cut down by unknown vandals at the town landing on Gouldsboro Point Road, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Environmental specialist John Cullen said the cutting sometime over the weekend of Feb. 5-6 violated the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance, which covers a 75-foot setback from the water.
“Within the setback the clearing can be no bigger than 250 square feet in the canopy,” Cullen said. “In this case, there was nothing but open canopy to begin with.”
Police said they have a “good lead” about the person responsible for leveling the 25-to-30-foot trees, but declined to give further details while the investigation is under way.
Town Manager Eve Wilkinson said the DEP has said the new trees need be no larger than 4 to 5 feet and suggested replanting in May or June would be optimum for the trees’ survival.
Wilkinson said the replacement cost and planting will be about $1,700.
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