Crew cut down Joyce's oak tree

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An oak tree that has gained a lot of local media coverage was cut down Wednesday afternoon.

The tree was on Charles Joyce's property, who signed a contract allowing Wilmington International Airport to cut down trees on his land, but then decided he wanted to keep the 150-year-old Oak.

Throughout the process, members of the family sat in the tree in an effort to keep crews away, but the family and airport could not come to a compromise so the tree had to come down.

The trees must be cleared to stay in compliance with FAA guidelines for a new landing system.

"Because of his closeness to the end of the runway, they wanted all the trees that needed to be cut in accordance with the regulations to be cut to the ground," said airport officials in an earlier report.

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