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Nov 20, 2019

To the Editor:

In the Nov. 6 edition, there is an article “Battling Black Pine Tree Consequences.” This article discusses the current situation on Long Beach Island where the non-native black pine trees are dying off. Much to our dismay, one of the pictures connected to this article shows our Barnegat Light home and a dead pine tree on the property.

When reading the article, an inference regarding this picture is that this is one of the instances where property owners are derelict in their responsibility of getting rid of the dead pines. With regard to our property, this cannot be further from the truth.

We have spent thousands of dollars with a certified tree specialist, first to inoculate our healthy black pine trees, and if not successful, remove them responsibly if they died. In fact, before this article appeared, we signed a contract to remove the pictured black pine trees.

In the spirit of fair, impartial journalism, it would have been appropriate for The SandPaper to contact us before using a picture of our property as a poster child for black pine infestation and neglectful property owners.

Sandra McDade and Arthur Turner

Barnegat Light

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