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Last tree still standing, but with no one in it

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Since last Wednesday, Charlie Joyce Jr. has been sitting in an oak tree intermittently, in an attempt to save it from the chainsaws. On Tuesday, nearly a week later, the branches were bare. Joyce climbed down to go to work, but not before airport officials filed a lawsuit. It was a sight we haven't seen in nearly a week; the tree, but no Charlie. “He came down because it was the best decision to do, in the best interest of both parties,” said Alex Joyce, Charlie’s brother. But that doesn't mean the tree will stay empty. When asked if he was going back up, Charlie Jr. said, “If necessary." Airport officials have filed for an injunction against the family for interfering with the removal of the oak. It would subject them to being arrested and held in contempt for violation. Other properties only had their trees trimmed. Eminent domain gives the government power to obtain private property for a public purpose, this purpose being the safety of airport passengers. Joyce family attorney Michael Davenport says Charlie Joyce Sr. could have fought it like his neighbors. "They all were given the same impression by the county airport authority, 'one way or another we're taking your trees'. Some said ‘okay here you go’ just like Mr. Joyce did, others said 'over my dead body' and they're waiting for condemnation papers, that it's my understanding will never come because condemnation was never going to be an issue in this case." The Joyce family says once they realized what they had signed, they tried to stop it but it was too late. And that's when Charlie started up the ladder. Charlie Joyce Jr. spent nearly a week camped out in the last remaining giant oak tree. Today he had to climb down for a very important reason, his internship. Now there's talk of Charlie Joyce Sr. climbing the tree. Airport officials say they are required by F.A.A. to remove the tree by the end of September, but for safety reasons they don't plan on removing it as long as someone's up in its branches. We're told the tree crews have this week off and aren't scheduled to return to work on Monday. If no one interferes, they'll likely cut the tree down next week.

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This family got something

This family got something like 40,000 dollars from ILM for a tree they signed a contract. HELLO by by tree . get over it. Many people end up loosing their homes when new roads are built. Or an ordinance changes where a house can be. They have a home 40 grand and now want to cry about it.. maybe god will help and strike the darn tree while MR greedy pants is in it :)) now lets hear some real news. This sort of crap makes me just roll my eyes


C'mon guys...chop it down and soon. Don't waste time. He's out. It's your tree ILM, get it taken down!

Communists in SE North Carolina

Does it make you feel big and righteous trampling the right to property and supporting a lack of integrity by a government body? Those calling for "chopping it down" ought to remember what America's Founders fought for this Independence Day. For it is you, supporting the "right" of ILM to do as it pleases to the citizenry, that threaten liberty for all. Please be more grateful to those who sadrificed all for the liberty you take for granted, and cease casting chains on future generations. Better yet, move to Venezuala you ILM can do as it pleas-ers!

they paid for that right

You seem to forget that ILM paid for the right to chop down that tree. The family took the money, therefore they gave up the right to the trees. Now he claims he didn't understand what he signed? Never in my life have I signed a contract without fully understanding all the terms and conditions. If he didn't understand and signed anyway... shame on him.


what part of ILM LEGALLY PURCHASED it do you NOT understand...this would be like me buying your home, you finding out I am tearing it down to build a new one and YOU squatting on my property refusing to leave...

Joyce oak tree

Questions the reporters should have asked: Mr. Joyce is 86 yrs old - who fielded the agreement from the airport on his behalf and had him sign it? Was Mr. Joyce (given his advanced age) competent to evaluate it and sign it? Where's the money he got for signing? Was the money adequate compensation for the loss of the trees? (Wood from even one big old oak brings lots of money.)


There is probably nobody in this town who loves trees more than I do. I can think of several trees downtown that I would climb in order to save them. This, however is a totally different story. If this man wakes up some morning to find 150 bodies scattered across his property because of his trees- he would probably wish he had taken the money and shut up.