Nov 14 2010

Saving a 1400 year old oak tree – sign the petition

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Save the angel Oak
Angel Oak Tree

I have just read and signed the petition: “SAVE THE ANGEL OAK ON JOHNS ISLAND, SC”.
I am the 10,735th person to sign this petition – helping to reach the goal of 20,000 signatures.

Please take a moment to read about this important issue, and join me in signing the petition. If you have high speed Internet, it only takes 30 seconds, on 3k dial up it takes a bit longer but together we can truly make a difference.

Please sign here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-the-angel-oak-on-johns-island-sc/

Once you have signed the petition how about asking your friends and family to sign as well.

If you know the economic value of a 1400 year old tree, please leave me a comment. If you have any thoughts about putting an economic value on a tree, I’d really like to hear them. What do you think: Does a tree have any right to life after witnessing and surviving 150 generations of human habitation? It was 1,000 years old when Columbus arrived in America.

You can also send a message to the Mayor at


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  1. admin

    Re: angel oak
    From: Lorna Hattler
    To: Priscilla Judd
    Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 10:54:41 -0500
    Thank you so muc h for writing this. I am amaz ed at how far this message is reaching!
    Samantha and I have been working for over 2 years trying to get this development stopped. When we first started, we knew nothing about trees, wetlands or how to deal with our loc al, state and now federal government. You could say we are self taught. Everyone told us it was too late, that this was a done deal. I believe Samantha and I have shown them that this in not a done deal!

    Thanks also for sending this to our paper and our mayor. Please keep chec king back here for updates. Right now, the development is on hold and we are waiting on word from the Army Corps of Engineers (federal government) as to whether they are going to approve or deny the developers wetland fill application. Several months have passed and no word yet so don’t think the development is moving forward or that we have quit.
    Thanks again and I hope to see your letter in print soon!

    On Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 8:02 PM, Priscilla Judd wrote:
    Message sent to Post&Courier Editor:
    From: Priscilla Judd

    Subject: Letter to the Editor: angel oak
    I read about the proposed Angel Oak development on the Internet. I am stunned that there would be such a plan. There is a great natural value as well as an historic al value to the trees on your Island.

    If the development is about making money you can determine the lost economic value into your cost of development. Trees clean the air – the exact value can be calculated. Trees such as the ones on the island, hold water in the soil which prevents drought, erosion and flooding – to calculate that value look at the cost of preventing floods and erosion after paving over the land.

    Trees clean water which is released slowly into the environment – calculate the cost to taxpayers for cleaning up pollution. Trees belong to the planet and these ones have an historic value that cannot be discounted for future generations. Trees reduce the temperature and provide habitat for birds and bees and other wild creatures. To remove an existing forest such as this one would alter the ecosystem and prove harmful to the creatures who use the forest.

    Britain has a registry for heritage tree protection – perhaps this type of protection ought to be started in the US A. Socrates sat under an olive tree in Greece and the last time I heard about that tree, it’s still alive and protected. I will be watching to see this unfold – I very much hope you do the right thing and protect the trees. Inspire the world to follow your lead and protect the little history that’s left to our planet.

    When all the 1400 year old trees are gone – perhaps our future generations might feel short
    changed. It’s better to be remembered for having the courage to stand up for the trees than for a subdivision that will eventually need repairs and depreciate and fall by the way of a short sighted generation that passed without praise.

    Thank you,
    Priscilla Judd

    — This mail was sent directly through http://SavetheAngelOak.org


  2. Samantha Siegel

    Thank you so much for posting this!


    1. admin

      I am posting the petition link on other blogs too.
      I sure hope we can save this tree and the Angel Oak wetlands which would be home to frogs and fish and plants that clean the water. The Internet is such a great way to connect.
      Thanks for touching base


  3. Samantha Siegel

    Thank you for posting this!


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