Tree Gaffe Has Redskins Training Camp Construction Off To Rough Start

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RGIII at training camp in 2012. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

RGIII at training camp in 2012. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond officials want to know why dozens of mature trees were mistakenly cleared from the Washington Redskins summer training camp site.

Mayor Dwight Jones tells media outlets that the city had committed to protecting older hardwoods at the west end of the property. He says city officials are reviewing the incident.

The camp is being built on state-owned property behind the Science Museum of Virginia. Grading and excavation began last week.

City Councilman Chris Hilbert says the loss of the trees is shocking. He says he’s outraged and he wants a full report on how it happened.

Jones says the trees will be replaced.

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