Final Report on the Effects of Developing Angel Oak Village
Prepared for Dana Beach, Coastal Conservation League
by Jean Everett, PhD
Department of Biology, College of Charleston
The Angel Oak Village development plan, as I have thus far seen, is highly likely to cause irreparable harm to the Angel Oak, and result in the premature death of the tree.
Most trees, live oaks included, have no set life span. They essentially live forever, unless killed by environmental factors. All trees have characteristics that make them more or less susceptible to negative environmental factors. Red maples, for example, have little defense against rot, and thus tend to succumb at young ages. Many other trees, including live oaks, develop rot resistant heartwood that helps them maintain structural integrity for longer periods of time. Development of the Angel Oak Village would cause too many environmental changes, all of which would have a negative impact on the Angel Oak. If the project is completed, the cumulative result will be intolerable degradation of the environment around the tree. Death may take years, or decades, but in my opinion, is certain to be considerably accelerated by the development.