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F.A.A. orders family’s trees cut down near ILM

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The Joyce family’s entire yard full of oak trees came crashing to the ground on Wednesday.

There’s one oak tree left standing. The kids were so upset, one of them used the family’s trampoline to climb the tree to prevent it from getting cut down. He says he doesn’t care if he gets arrested, he doesn’t want his last tree coming down.

One after another, the family’s giant oak trees came crashing down today. The F.A.A. says it’s for safety reasons because the trees interfere with the airport’s instrument landing system nine hundred feet away from the home.

The Wilmington International Airport gave them 48-hours notice that construction workers would be on their property to remove the trees but the family says it’s not fair.

“Sadness is beyond my words, that I have to live with this,” said Charles Joyce.

The Wilmington International Airport says they own the air 25 feet above the ground on the Joyce’s property, and the family signed a contract agreeing to let them chop the trees down.

The airport says it would not be possible to only trim the trees because they would have had to remove more than half of the trees to make the area safe, and the trees wouldn’t have survived.

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The Joyce family’s entire yard full of oak trees came crashing to the ground on Wednesday.

There’s one oak tree left standing. The kids were so upset, one of them used the family’s trampoline to climb the tree to prevent it from getting cut down. He says he doesn’t care if he gets arrested, he doesn’t want his last tree coming down.

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