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Planned tree removal upsets Louisville residents

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal requirement that the Louisville
airport keep runway approaches clear is pitting homeowners against
airport officials over removal of trees.

Authorities have moved a meeting on Wednesday to a larger
auditorium because of public interest after it was announced that
trees must be removed in neighborhoods, parks and golf courses
surrounding Bowman Field.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said the
Louisville Regional Airport Authority has no choice. Winsome
Lenfert in the FAA's Atlanta office said that by accepting federal
funds, local airport officials commit themselves to maintaining
clear approaches to runways.

Lenfert said more modern approach systems require expanded
airspace protections for aircraft landing and taking off.


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