MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Some 100 trees along the White River through Muncie are being spared after federal officials reconsidered an order that they be cut down.
The Army Corps of Engineers had initially wanted the Muncie Sanitary District to remove some 130 trees from the river's flood levee, but have lowered that to about 20 trees.
Rick Conrad of the sanitary district tells The Star Press that the trees provide wildlife habitat along the river and make the area more appealing to people using the White River Greenway trail. He says cutting down so many trees would've left the river looking like an open channel.
The federal agency's concern is that the levee could be weakened by trees being blown down and decaying roots from dead trees
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