To the Editor:
I am a runner, and I frequently use the Nature Trail that runs between First Avenue and Route 23 in DeKalb.
Last week, I again was using the trail. Per usual, I parked my car along the Timber Trail next to the Nature Trail, and I started my run at the First Avenue entrance to the Nature Trail. I got about one-third of the way down the trail when I noticed workers spraying a chemical along the eastern side of the trail along the tree line.
I asked one of the workers what they where spraying, and he said it was for the trees so that they don’t hit the power lines. He further went on to say they planned to cut down all the vegetation along the trail and plant prairie grass.
On my return run, I again asked one of the workers who they worked for, and they said they were a subcontractor for ComEd. I love the trail and have used it for decades now, and the fact that they are spraying a chemical that kills trees and potentially is harmful to the people who live along the trail is deeply troubling.
Their plan to cut the trail vegetation is equally troubling, and I can’t help but wonder who gave ComEd the right to do this, and has anyone been made aware of their plans?