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More than 300 trees illegally felled along Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen highway

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Officials have filed a complaint with government authorities for the felling of more than 300 trees.

The complaint was filed by the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes before the State Environmental Protection Agency who will be in charge of investigating.

Photo: La Asociación Mexicana de Arboricultura

More than 300 healthy trees outside Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen have been macheted at their base including cedars, ceibas and palms. The felled trees were inside the highway median that runs between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen.

To date, no one has taken responsibility for the cutting of the trees, however the director of Environment of the City of Solidarity, Orquídea Trejo Buendía, has asked the attorney general to investigate the reason for the felling of trees.

Francisco Elizondo Garrido, delegate of the Center SCT-Quintana Roo, reported that the agency is already taking action along the federal highway. He says authorities have already collected photos and videos since the felling occurred without authorization from a municipality or another government agency.

The Ministry of Communications and Transportation said that it will file a lawsuit against whomever is responsible for the cutting of trees that took place Wednesday along the highway.