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Q: If the Department of Corrections tree cutters are clearing lots in Portal 3 isn't that illegal competition for the businesses that do that same work?

A: According to Gila County District 1 Supervisor Ron Christensen it's up to the property owners who they hire to clear the diseased and dead trees from their lots. The money paid for work by the DOC buys gasoline for transportation to and from the site, gas and chains for the saws and other equipment. "When businesses are charging $200 a tree, they're putting themselves out of competition for work," Christensen said.

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