Harrison kids hit the streets to save neighborhood trees

Three young brothers from Harrison hit the streets of their community for an environmental cause and say they learned a valuable lesson about activism in

WEST HARRISON - Three young brothers from Harrison hit the streets of their community for an environmental cause and say they learned a valuable lesson about activism in the process.

The town is in the middle of a $230,000 project to replace sidewalks that involves the removal of trees. Twelve-year-old Baxter Martin and his brothers Hayden, 10, and Drake, 8, were very upset at the town removing 15 trees in their neighborhood.

They put fliers in neighbors? mailboxes and hung signs on every tree in their neighborhood in protest. They also took to the Internet and wrote to the mayor.

Mayor Ron Belmont visited the boys and explained the trees were causing a safety hazard because their roots were pushing up through the sidewalks. He told them new trees will be planted in the fall.

Meanwhile, the brothers say they will keep an eye on the issue and make sure the mayor keeps his word.

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