NCDOT works to save Roanoke Island roadside live oak

By on February 14, 2018

Several trees were damaged or destroyed. (NCDOT)

N.C. Department of Transportation Roadside Environmental crews on Wednesday took an important first step to save a large, historic live oak tree on Roanoke Island which fell over and was critically damaged by severe winter weather last month.

The live oak along U.S. 64 on the north end of Roanoke Island was toppled on Jan. 4 by a devastating combination of ice, snow and wind, and was one of dozens of trees severely damaged by the storm.

The trees were all planted in the 1980s to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the Roanoke Island Colony in 1587.

Working with Eastern Tree Service of Kill Devil Hills, NCDOT crews righted the fallen tree on Wednesday.

“It’s worth the effort to try and let this one live,” said Roadside Environmental Engineer Patricia Mansfield. “It will take years of TLC to make sure it survives, but we’re going to do everything we can to save it.”

There has also been extensive pruning on several of the other damaged trees, removing broken and twisted branches, and cutting back other structural damage to allow the live oaks to recover.

One tree, which fell directly onto U.S. 64, was too damaged to survive and was removed. It will be replaced by a live oak replanted from Manns Harbor.

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  • Dylan

    I can hardly wait to read if “Really?” thinks that this tree is worth saving or should it be left to die as he thinks that turtles, addicts, and anything else that does not serve his purpose should be left to die.

    Wednesday, Feb 14 @ 2:04 pm
  • JimH

    Historic is not 40 years old. Cut it down, grind up the stump and return to fixing the roads.

    Wednesday, Feb 14 @ 3:03 pm
  • Amy Martinez

    Maybe they should be more concerned over cleaning out the canals in stumpy point and East lake so the water can drain out properly! Hasn’t been done since 1950! The boat ramp can’t even be used due to the sand build up!

    Wednesday, Feb 14 @ 6:52 pm
  • People's choice

    What ever. clean up the mess and move on. This is a besutiful place we live in. HAVE SOME PRIDE. Big deal its not like it’s some big amount of money that is peanuts and canals and boat ramps aren’t even part of this article. That is another full bag of slippery …….. people need to work on cleaning up there yards… including me sometimes.

    Wednesday, Feb 14 @ 9:48 pm
  • Getting Local

    Great looking Trees in that area.

    Wednesday, Feb 14 @ 10:41 pm
  • Really?

    It’s just a tree! What’s wrong dillie? Lost the dog? How you like those plastic bags? Lol!

    Wednesday, Feb 14 @ 11:08 pm
  • Really?

    And yes, it’s a little ridiculous spending all that time and effort on a tree. Cut it down and plant another one, be done with it.

    Wednesday, Feb 14 @ 11:11 pm
  • Really?

    Lordy! you’d think it was the tree with CROATOAN carved in it. We need some true investigative reporting and see how much Eastern Tree Service charged, i bet it was thousands not hundreds.

    Thursday, Feb 15 @ 7:50 am
  • Seal

    Whats the fuss ? The tree isn’t 10 to 15 ft tall’ prop it back up and let nature take its course. It will most likely make it !

    Saturday, Feb 17 @ 10:24 am
  • NativeofParadise

    All of you transplants that have moved in and caused more harm and ugly than good are worth less than this tree. Its historic as it is a part of our 400th anniversary. What we didn’t need are chain stores and higher crime rates. Remember the days when we depended on our islands to provide and meet our needs instead of tourist. Now our commercial fishermen are considered worthless and our once amazing fishing villages thrived. Miss the slow pace of life when we could afford to live here!!

    Monday, Feb 19 @ 7:53 pm