Supermodel-turned-enviromental activist Christie Brinkley has launched a campaign to save a U.S. town from "unsightly" telephone poles. The former wife of Billy Joel is collecting signatures for a petition in a bid to protect the landscape in the town of Southampton, Massachusetts. Brinkley is incensed after the Long Island Power Authority announced plans to erect 48-60 utility poles around the area, rather than use underground cables, according to New York Post's gossip column PageSix. In a letter to residents of the town, Brinkley writes, "They will remove many of our beautiful trees to raise the unsightly poles - miles of them. Will they withstand a nor'easter (wind)? An ice storm? A hurricane? Will our escape route be blocked by a heavy pole?" The petition has so far drawn more than 2,000 signatures.