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Dozens of trees felled at Fresno State ‘Treemageddon’

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Fresno State faculty and students alike are expressing outrage and sadness at what's being called 'Treemageddon,' the removal of more than 150 mature trees to make room for an additional 600 parking spaces on the east side of campus.

It's been alleged that the only advance notice the trees were going to be cut down came in the form of a faculty email from the campus parking administrator last Wednesday, the same day the chopping began. Many students learned of the situation through emails and blogs after the fact.

"There was no word prior about this atrocious removal of these old, beautiful trees," said Fresno State English professor Magda Gilewicz to the Fresno Bee. "In Fresno, where we have one of the worst air pollution in the country, we cannot afford to lose any trees.”

Biology professor Madhusudan Katti told KSEE 24 News that he’s now lost valuable teaching tools in the parking lot expansion as well.