Can protected trees and bushes be felled according to the law?

Woody plants may be protected as “tree monuments” (§ 46 of the Act) or as “specially protected plant species” (§ 48 of the Act). Such trees or bushes can be felled if there is a serious reason for doing so, but applicants must obtain and “exception from the Act” for tree monuments and specially protected plant species according to the Act (§ 56 paragraph 1). An exception will be given by the nature protection body (Podyjí NP Administration) only in the case that other public interests are considerably more important than the interests of nature protection.