For years and years I had
always thought that it was illegal to cut down a holly tree in NJ. I
never had any idea where I got that from, but I always thought that
it was so. In recent years I have begun to think that it was simply
an urban legend, since I never actually saw the statute, and nobody
had heard of this except me.
But then in the article that Ed just provided the link to
I find this paragraph, which seems to substatiate what I've thought
"Cutting holly at Sandy Hook now violates both Federal and state
laws; Federal statutes forbid destruction of foliage in national
parks, and New Jersey law bars cutting holly in the wild, as it does
cutting other endangered species like mountain laurel."
But I am still unaware of the statute that this quote refers to.
Around 1987 or so, my father found a buyer for my grandfather's farm
in Barnegat, NJ. The buyer turned out to be a storage company that
wanted to build storage units there. They tore down the house and
all trees around the house and in the yard, except for the holly
that was directly in front of the house. To me that also
substantiated what I had thought all along, that it was illegal to
cut hollies in NJ.
But do you remember my long rant a few weeks ago about the idiots
where I work, the destruction they have done and are doing on the
golf courses? Well among all the trees they've cut down over the
years, many holly trees are included! If there is such a statue on
the books, my bosses are in clear violation.