Deal officially saves swamp trees

Staff Writer

The City of Grenada and Friends of the Chakchiuma Swamp have come to an agreement to save the wetlands’ trees from being harvested.

Monday night at their monthly meeting, the Grenada City Council voted unanimously on a lease agreement with the Friends of the Chakchiuma Swamp.

Ward Four City Councilman Ernest Hargrove made the motion that was seconded by Ward Five Councilman Joshua Hughes to accept the lease agreement.

“We’ve come to a point where everyone will be happy by saving the swamp,” City Manager Trey Baker said.

Grenada Naturalist Robin Whitfield, who in the past year pleaded with the city not to cut the swamp timber, spearheaded an effort to gather funding to preserve the land.

She said Monday night was some of the best news in her life.
“I had been looking for that day all year,” Whitfield said. “This is the happiest that I’ve ever been.”

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