The Parks Department of Big Sur, California probably thought they were doing a good thing when they started to clear away thousands of invasive shrubs at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. But according to this article from the Monterey Herald, neighboring property owners were not pleased. Turns out the Parks Department was mistakenly advised that they did not need a permit to do the work. Now that they've done things the proper way, by going before the Planning Commission and creating a restoration plan, things are back on track.
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