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Tree With A Face Is At The Center Of Controversy

Some might say dolphins, monkeys, maybe your pet dog actually have personalities, but what about a maple tree with a face and a name?

In one ongoing environment versus economy struggle, Randy Yohe found a situation in Pikeville deeply rooted in controversy.

Every day, Guy Schuler fills the feeders on the bird popular maple tree in his Scott Ave front yard.

The tree his wife put a face on and named him Professor Treehorn.

“It's part of our home,” Schuler said.

Its the tree Beverly Schuler has looked out the living room window at since she was a baby.

It was a playhouse for the family cats, providing shade from sun and city flood lights and even though live power line run thru it branches, Guy really doesn't want Professor Treehorn molested in any way.

“Trees need to live so we don't suffocate the planet<” Schuler said.

You have to draw the line somewhere

AEP tells WYMT their concerns are over power line right of way and public safety over possible electrocution, but the energy giant says it will compromise and trim instead of eradicate.

They can take the branches that are touching but no more, AEP says tree branches plus power lines equal hazards, Guy doesn't buy it.

“They try to tell me people have been electrocuted from touching trees that touch power lines, I've never heard of that in my lfie,” Guy Schuler said.

Guy Schuler says he'll stay right by the side of the forestry expert the power company sends to trim his wife's beloved Professor Treehorn.


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