Environmentalists vs. NPS over plan to cut trees near Civil War battlefield

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Battlefield historians say it will bring a clearer understanding and vision of the Battle of Second Manassas. Environmentalists say it will reduce an already diminished amount of hickory-oak forest in Northern Virginia and further degrade the surrounding environment.

Nevertheless, the National Parks Service plans to cut down approximately 140 acres of timber in the western end of the Manassas National Battlefield Park beginning this month.

"The National Park Service cutting trees is not a common thing," said Manassas Battlefield Superintendent Robert K. Sutton.

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