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Updated: 03/05/2014 08:58:03AM

Everybody knows that you don’t cut down mangroves

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Tim Smolarick

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In 1996, the state Legislature passed the Mangrove Trimming & Preservation Act in response to a century’s worth of destruction along the state’s coastline.

The intent, as stated in the law, was to “protect and preserve mangrove resources valuable to our environment and economy from unregulated removal, defoliation and destruction.” It gave local governments authority over regulation and offered statewide regulatory guidelines for trimming. The mangrove is still the only tree explicitly protected by state statute.

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