An Erie area environmentalist is fed up with PennDOT cutting down trees along Interstate 79, so she is now asking the community to help her get the state to stop by creating an online petition.

Millcreek Township resident Diane Esser is the one behind the petition who is asking for your signature. You can check out or sign the petition here.

Since August, PennDOT has been cutting down the trees along the interstate north of McKean.

Esser said cutting down trees is a step in the wrong direction and creates environmental and safety concerns.

PennDOT defends its decision to cut down. It said removing the trees will cause fewer accidents along the interstate.