Dozens of Mandeville residents turned out for a public hearing earlier this week to vent about a plan to create a historic district.
The Times-Picayune reports most expressed fears the district would lead to over-regulation of private property.
Members of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission assured residents the ordinance to create the district can be modified based on public input. Still, some said it represents increased government intervention in their lives.
There are 151,347 trees, more or less, within Mandeville's city limits, and only about 7 percent of them are live oaks.
Those are among the findings of a study done for the city by two graduate students and their professors at the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center.
Maggie Trenary, an inspector in the city planning department, tells The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/NrgLj5) that the low number of live oaks was a surprise. She says the city will have to plant more.