I am concerned that Johns Island, South Carolina and the City of Charleston have approved a major construction project near the Angel Oak, one of the oldest and most beautiful trees east of the Mississippi River. Shops, offices and as many as 600 multifamily homes will replace native live oaks and other unique forest species in favor of economic development. The construction project is planned to take place in one of the last pristine Eastern maritime coastal forests.
According to the Charleston Post and Courier, Charleston's City Council approved plans for a development near the relatively isolated and historic Angel Oak city park on Johns Island. The council is assuring concerned area citizens that the tree and small park will be protected with a "buffer" around the oak. That is not making many local citizens feel much better and a petition to stop the project has been drafted and available online.
The Angel Oak on St. John's Island - Photo by Steve Nix, Licensed to About.com