I like trees for many reasons. Running a plane into it’s branches isn’t one of them. So it’s important to make sure that the glide path is clear of obstacles , right? Not everyone thinks so. This protest can’t last forever.
I do sympathize with this family’s desire to keep a part of their history. It’s not typical. The usual problem facing many smaller airports these days is urban encroachment. Airports that start in rural areas have now been subject to ever expanding housing developments. Folks move right next to the field then they begin complaining about noise , traffic flow and in some situations seeking the closure of the fields. According the AOPA, one every week over twenty years.
The continuing loss of public-use airports — one per week for over 20 years — is an obvious threat to general aviation. Most closures result from urban/surburban encroachment, unbridled land development, and a community’s lack of political will to save the local airport.
I guess I’m also unusual in that I would consider moving closer to the airport or better still live in an airport community, the kind where you taxi the plane out of the family hangar attached to the house? With trees. Away from the runway.