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Groups try to save historic tree from removal

December 28, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Environmentalists and residents are trying to stop developers from cutting down an estimated 300-year-old tree in Pennsylvania.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports technology firm Susquehanna International Group (SIG) is proposing cutting down the oak tree in Lower Merion Township as part of its plans for a new office building.

Arborists have listed the oak as a “Penn tree,” meaning it was alive before William Penn visited the area.

Township officials rejected the company’s initial development plan over the zoning code. Building and planning director Chris Leswing says it’s unclear if developers will save the tree when the new plan is submitted in January.

SIG officials have not responded to requests for comment.

Township Commissioner George Manos says they have limited options for saving the tree because it’s on private property.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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