GENEVA, Ill. (CBS) -- Activists in west suburban Geneva protested Tuesday against construction they say will destroy 300-year-old trees and harm endangered bats.
The protesters gathered at Kirk Road and Fabyan Parkway. They temporarily stopped a worker from cutting down trees by blocking machinery.
Protesters claim Midwest Industrial Funds is starting construction on an industrial park before a city permit allows.
They say the timing is important to avoid impacting endangered bats that could be living in the trees.
"There is now a 30-foot-wide gash right through the heart of the remnant oak woodlands," Brian Maher of Geneva Township said at a Geneva City Council meeting.
We have reached out to the construction company, but have not heard back.
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