Today’s P&C features an op-ed from Dr. Kim Coder, professor of tree biology and health care at the University of Georgia, and in it, the good doc makes a pretty bold claim: it’s not the proposed development that will hurt Angel Oak, but the grand ole tree’s treehugging fans.

The article isn’t online yet, but here’s the choice cut:

The Angel Oak is not threatened by the currently proposed design and could actually be better off over the long run if recommended changes in parking and road access near the tree are implemented.

Unfortunately, the Angel Oak is threatened by its admirers and defenders. There is a serious and long-term threat, including compound stress elevations and physical damage to the tree and the site from human and vehicular traffic.

It is the current access road, parking and foot traffic which represent a clear and present danger. Tree lovers are stressing and will kill their tree unless something is done soon about parking and walking near the tree, which will significantly and permanently damage the Angel Oak.

Evidently, you can kill with kindness.

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