State Relents on Controversial Erie Canal Tree-cutting Plan, for Now

The state agencies behind the controversial clear-cutting of trees along sections of the Erie Canal will not appeal a temporary restraining order that halted the effort, a spokesman for the agencies said Wednesday.

Instead, the spokesman for the New York Power Authority and the New York State Canal Corp. said, the agencies will conduct a “comprehensive environmental review of the (tree-cutting) program across the entire canal system” before seeking to restart the work.