I love all of the old trees, especially those on Howard Street. We have several varieties of cedars (some are bright green, some blue-green, others more yellow-green). But the live oaks are the most majestic. Some of the largest oaks grow along Howard Street, with limbs that reach out to almost touch the ground. During Hurricane Isabel several years ago we lost eight or more trees along Howard Street, and it opened up sections of the lane so that it was no longer so tunnel-like in places.
Today we are reluctantly having several cedars cut down on the Village Craftsmen property. One medium size tree is leaning so precariously that we're afraid the next storm will take it onto the roof. I've propped it up with long timbers, but I'm sure it wouldn't survive even a moderate hurricane. Several smaller trees are in the way, and will be cleared as well. In addition we're having dead and rotten oak limbs trimmed off (they are also overhanging the building). A pine tree nearby (on Lawton Lane) will also be coming down. Pines are not native to Ocracoke, and are generally the first to snap off during high winds.
The trimming and cutting has to be done, and we doubt that you will even notice the change on your next stroll down Howard Street. We hope it will even help the live oaks grow healthier and stronger.
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This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Artists' Colony that operated on the island more than 65 years ago. You can read it here.
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