RICHMOND, VA—After dozens of mature trees were removed from behind The Science Museum of Virginia, members of the Richmond City Council are calling for a full investigation.
The trees were removed from a lot behind the museum, where the Washington Redskins training camp will be built.
Part of the site's development plan called for some of the trees to be brought down, but crews removed all of the trees.
City Council members are speaking out against the removal.
"They were supposed to be possibly one or two [trees] taken down; certainly less than three or four," Richmond City Councilman Chris Hilbert said.
"This was a drastic change in the plan," Hilbert said.
Richmond City Mayor Dwight Jones released a statement that read in part:
"This is counter to our commitment to protect the older hardwood trees at the west end of the property. We are reviewing the matter to determine what mistakes were made so that we can prevent further problems from occurring."
Jones says the trees will be replaced.
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