Ocean Township residents have been attending Council meetings expressing their opposition to the development project proposed for the corner of Deal Road and Route 35, which would remove approximately 30 acres of mature trees, displacing wildlife, increasing environmental pollution and traffic. The resource intensity of the development project may place an excessive burden on the community’s water and electricity accessibility and increase routine trucking traffic to service the anticipated gas station, hotel, gym, restaurant and other proposed retailers. Another environmental concern is the potential deterioration of air quality in the region. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, urban trees and forests remove fine particulate air pollution, which impacts human health. Fine particulate air pollution can cause serious health issues including pulmonary inflammation, accelerated atherosclerosis, altered cardiac functions and premature death. You can read more about how trees make cities healthier by clicking https://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/news/release/urban-trees-clean-air. Simply put, lush tree canopies reduce air pollution, help produce clear air and water, reduce energy costs and create healthier living environments.