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Fight at UNCW over plans to cut 573 trees for new dorms

WILMINGTON (AP) -- More student housing is needed at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. But some students, faculty and university officials are vehemently opposed to plans that would cut down roughly 13 acres of longleaf pines that are part of the largest contiguous longleaf pine stand in New Hanover County. Biology professor Steve Emslie wants the project delayed to study alternative sites that would have less of an environmental impact. Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo and other administrators said a thorough search has already been done and further delay would increase costs being passed on to students. She also said the plan leaves 140 acres of on-campus forest alone. The university hopes to have the housing in time for the fall 2009 semester. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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