Antenna wears tree bark disguiseThat won't be a cherry...

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June 03, 1996

Antenna wears tree bark disguise

That won't be a cherry tree -- or a fir tree -- awaiting a wayward hatchet on George Washington's estate. What looks like a live tree is really a cellular telephone relay tower in disguise.

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, which owns the 500-acre estate that the first president called home, insisted on the camouflage before agreeing to lease space for the tower in a wooded area to Cellular One. The "treepole" -- designed to look like a white fir tree -- is slated to be installed later this year. Its needles and bark will be made of plastic and rubber.

Cellular One, leasing the space for $10,000 a year, will donate a $75,000 communications system to Mount Vernon.

Wireless phone companies are disguising antennas as everything from silos and chimneys to lighthouses as they face criticism for their proliferating towers.

Pub Date: 6/03/96

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