Tree Cutting Battle

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A St. Albans man isn't giving up his battle to spare two old oak trees from the ax.
Patrick O'Reilly asked the state Supreme Court Monday to block Kanawha County school officials from cutting down the trees. A circuit judge rejected O'Reilly's request last week.

The trees are located at St. Albans High School's football field. County school officials plan to cut the trees down and install a concrete access way for the field.

O'Reilly says he believes the trees are at least 100 years old. He says the trees don't have to be removed for the project.

However, school officials say working around the trees would increase the cost by at least 40-thousand dollars.

O'Reilly says citizens can raise that amount to spare the trees. He says he's already sent a four-thousand-dollar check to Superintendent Ron Duerring.

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