In June 2013, construction of the highway Corridor XI, led by the company Koridori Srbije DOO under a public-private partnership, has reached a 600 year-old Oak tree close to the village Savinac, called "Zapis”
(Section Ljig - Preljina).
The citizens of Savinac, environmental NGOs and the Green Party opposed cutting down the tree by organizing local protests and a broader media campaign to pressure the company to modify its construction plans.
The land where the tree is located was expropriated and the owner received reimbursement of 2000 EUR (around 2,750 USD) for 30m3 of wood. Even though, the old oak tree has a religious significance to the local people it has never been put under the state protection, therefore both the Serbian Institute of Nature Protection and the Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments issued the permit to cut it down. Still, the tree is located in the cultural-historical and natural complex Savinac-Šarani.
The campaign to protect the old oak managed to temporarily stop the highway construction and start development of alternative proposals. In July 2013, the Minister of Construction and Urbanism came out with the final solution including rerouting of the highway and protecting the tree with metal armature construction and additional water supply. However, according to some sources, the ministry postponed the activities for after the winter hoping that the tree would not survive it. Finally, the highway was not rerouted and the old oak was cut down on 23rd of July 2015 during night to prevent local resistance.