Clearing SC trees may affect Civil War site

Clearing SC trees may affect Civil War site

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Plans to remove or trim trees around the Hilton Head Island Airport are raising concerns the project could harm the remnants of a Civil War fort.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports ( ) that Beaufort County is condemning airspace above properties allowing trees that interfere with clear flight paths to be trimmed or removed.

The Hilton Head Island Land Trust received a condemnation letter last week.

The trust preserves Fort Howell, which was built by black troops to protect Union forces and nearby Mitchelville, one of the nation's first freedman's villages.

President Linda Hyslop says the trust earlier agreed to allow removal of trees near fort's parking lot and paths. But she warns removing the tree canopy protecting the fort itself could mean torrential rains could wash it away.

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