Thinning a thicket is illegal?

Yes, according to a Dallas Morning News post on Tuesday:

Who: 67-year-old Sandra McFeely

What: Arrested for pruning briars and branches out of a greenbelt near her home. She was asked by neighbors and authorities to stop prior to the arrest but she ignored their requests and continued (as she has for the last three years) to pursue her convictions to clean up the park.

Where: Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas

When: Arrested March 15th, 2010

Why: Sandra McFeely uses her hand pruners to maintain and manicure the park when she is out walking her dogs. Neighbors and authorities claim her efforts disturb, damage and deface the natural habitat.

How much damage can a little 5-foot, 100-pound woman do with hand pruners? Enough to warrant a ten thousand dollar fine and up to two years in jail?

Choose your side:

Are you part of the picket posse? Post: Protect the Greenbelt...keep it wild... it's the law!

OR

Are you a part of the brigade against the briar jungle? Post: Grab a pair of pruners and tame the thicket.

Unsanctioned pruning at Oak Cliff park drew complaints, but 67-year-old's arrest makes neighbors uneasy

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