Man begins vigil to save his trees

Dwight Lemons fights to save to the catalpa trees in the yard of his Biscayne Drive home in western Cole County. To that end, he’s protesting Central Electric Co-op’s decision to clear the right-of-way within 50 feet on the overhead transmission power lines. He’s confident these trees would not cause an issue with the overhead lines and do not need to be removed.

Dwight Lemons fights to save to the catalpa trees in the yard of his Biscayne Drive home in western Cole County. To that end, he’s protesting Central Electric Co-op’s decision to clear the right-of-way within 50 feet on the overhead transmission power lines. He’s confident these trees would not cause an issue with the overhead lines and do not need to be removed. Photo by Julie Smith.

A local man has spent much of the last two days on a ladder tied to one of four trees in his yard that a power company plans to cut down.

Dwight Lemmons, 1209 Biscayne Drive, says he’s fighting to protect the trees, which are targeted because they are within 100 feet of a transmission power line owned by Central Electric Power Cooperative.

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The power co-op has cut down trees along many of his neighbors’ homes along Old Lohman Road, but has skipped his for now.

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