If you've driven through the Lansing/East Lansing area, on Michigan Avenue near Frandor, anytime since the end of March, you've seen hundreds of trees - obviously cut down professionally - all over what used to be the Red Cedar Golf Course. According to the Lansing State Journal, those trees came down, in a hurry, for a reason. To save Indiana bats, which are classified as endangered and northern long-eared bats, which are classified as threatened.

If things go as planned, the site of the former City of Lansing golf course is about to be filled with hotels, apartments, restaurants and retail shops. The project is called the Red Cedar Renaissance Project. So the trees were going to come down anyway. And since the trees could have been a nesting area for the federally protected bats, the developers had until April 1 to get rid of them, so the bats would be forced to nest somewhere else. Once the ground is dry enough, the trees will be removed.

And don't feel bad if you hadn't even heard about the trees coming down. The Lansing City Council didn't even know about it, until it was all over.

Here's the story.


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