Nearly 1K trees cut down in Richmond to foster growth

About 1,000 trees were cut down at the Carolina Management Area in Richmond, prompting concerns from neighbors. (WJAR)

About 1,000 trees were cut down at the Carolina Management Area in Richmond, prompting concerns from neighbors.

“It looked as if a bomb had gone off in here,” Solace Loven, of Richmond, told NBC 10 News Thursday.

“The whole trail used to be shaded and full of birds and deer that I heard every day,” said Allison Paradis, who also lives in Richmond.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said there were too many white pines in the forest, which made it difficult for the trees to breathe and prone to disease.

“What I tell people is think about it like a garden. You weed a garden once a week. You weed a forest every 20 years to make it productive,” State Lands Forester Will Walker said.

Several people who walk under the blanket of eastern white pines told NBC 10 they had no idea why trucks were hauling piles of logs out of the forest.

“We didn't know who else to call, you know,” said Loven. “It's like a commercial. Turn to 10. We knew you'd do something.”

Loven and Paradis went with NBC 10 to the Carolina Management Area Thursday and spoke with the contractor who's been cutting down the trees.

“After speaking with him, it makes sense,” Paradis said. “It was needed.

They agree the forest needs to be harvested.

“This is not going to be turned into a housing development by any means,” Walker said. “This will always be a forest and hopefully a more productive forest.”

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