No Charges in Tree Removal Investigation

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A grand jury in Leon County has declined to charge anyone in an investigation of the removal of thousands of trees along Interstate 10 in northwest Florida.

The investigation began after more than 2,000 trees were cut down on state-owned land in 2009 by Bill Salter Outdoor Advertising.

A conservation group had claimed Republican state Sen. Greg Evers of Baker improperly used his influence with transportation department officials to allow the Salter company to remove the trees without meeting regulatory requirements.

The Salter company did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

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