"[O'Reilly]'s own expert testified that he would defer to the recommendations of a certified arborist," King said. "The certified arborist who testified recommended that both trees be removed."
O'Reilly said he has spent thousands of dollars over the past several decades helping to maintain the trees.
"It is preposterous that a judge would rule that I don't have standing," he said. "I don't think this is over yet. It's a long way from over, I would say."
O'Reilly said he will try to contact an attorney for advice on what to do next.
School officials first sought to remove the trees in 2007 under a plan to upgrade the football field. O'Reilly filed a restraining order then that eventually found its way to the state Supreme Court.
The school backed off of the removal then and opted instead to make the upgrades around the trees.
Officials once again renewed plans to take out the trees after heavy winds in June's storms had knocked down a branch weighing an estimated 1,000 pounds onto U.S. 60. No one was injured, but the school's contracted experts said the trees would continue to rot and pose a threat to motorists on the roadway and players on the football field.
Kanawha County Schools maintenance director Terry Hollandsworth said that because of storms this week, crews would not be able to remove the trees until next Monday.
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