March 7, 2014
Bacterial leaf scorch symptoms on pin oak leaves. (Photo by Drew Zwart, BugwoodWiki)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Fans of a massive white oak at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport are upset with security measures that have limited access to the 300-year-old tree.
The Earlysville Oak is the second-largest white oak in Virginia.
The airport has erected a barbed-wire fence on surrounding property that blocks access to the tree, a field and a nearby wooded area.
Airport authority chairman Bill Kehoe tells The Daily Progress that the public will still have access to the tree. But they will have to request approval from the airport.
Robin Hanes with the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards says she hasn't been able to get information from airport officials about how to obtain access to the tree.