BATTLE OVER TREE ENDS WITH REMOVAL OK

The 100-foot tulip poplar, center, became a lightning rod for opinions about Fair Haven’s tree law.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

After nearly a year of controversy, a 100-foot tulip poplar that rallied both supporters and detractors of Fair Haven’s tree preservation law is coming down.

With members saying they were swayed by the “compelling” testimony of an arborist last week, the borough planning board reversed itself Thursday night, giving builder Bob Susser of Rumson an OK to remove the tree on the site of a three-home development on Woodland Drive.

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