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Posted: 6/9/2002 9:22:40 PM EDT
Centuries-old oak toppled in Maryland storm WYE MILLS, Maryland (AP) --The massive Wye Oak, the living symbol of Maryland's state tree and designated the largest white oak in the country, was toppled Thursday during a thunderstorm. The tree was estimated to be more than 460 years old -- meaning it was growing in Maryland before the pilgrims arrived. It was 104 feet tall, with a trunk 32 feet in circumference, and weighed 200 tons. The tree was included on a species-by-species list of the largest trees in the country compiled in 1940 by American Forests, a nonprofit citizens conservation organization. The centuries-old tree was spread across Route 662 in Talbot County. About 30 people surrounded the tree Thursday evening in pouring rain, with some taking branches as souvenirs. Wind gusted to 60 mph during Thursday's storm, the weather service said. Gov. Parris Glendening said in a statement late Thursday that he was saddened by the loss of "one of our state's most historic, beautiful and stately natural symbols." [url] http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/06/07/oak.destroyed.ap/index.html [/url]
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 9:25:30 PM EDT
Shame.
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 9:27:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 9:31:48 PM EDT
Gov. Parris Glendening - [b]D[/b] Maryland
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 9:36:40 PM EDT
I am sure those branches will be on EBAY by the end of the week.
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 9:45:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By FirearmTom1: I am sure those branches will be on EBAY by the end of the week.
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Excellent idea!
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 9:48:16 PM EDT
460 years old..... amazing that it hasn't fallen earlier. [img]http://i.cnn.net/cnn/2002/US/06/07/oak.destroyed.ap/story.wye.oak.ap.jpg[/img] Looks like it might have had some rot inside..... Hey, someone get some 'genetic material' from it.... wouldn't be that hard to clone a seedling..... [b] IT LIVES..... IT LIVES!!!!![/B]
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 9:51:08 PM EDT
Did somebody say, "bonfire"? Dogs for miles around will be gravely disappointed.
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 9:51:36 PM EDT
Damn , me with no fire place .
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 10:45:39 PM EDT
Ya know, I just remembered. Not sure how correct I am... If the roots are alive, maybe the old tree will send up some kind of 'shoot' from somewhere..... Apple trees do it..... ya know the saying... [b] Nature finds a way....[/b]
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 10:49:36 PM EDT
Who wants to come to a funeral? I'm "murdering" 2 trees this week to make room for my garage.
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 11:28:47 PM EDT
Can you say [b] FREE FIREWOOD [/b] I have chain saw.[chainsaw] Man oh man that old oak will make for some good hot burning this winter.[:D]
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 5:22:43 AM EDT
There [b]WILL[/b] be a memorial service held in Seattle....
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 5:30:22 AM EDT
[In my best Chris Farley voice]...YOU HEARTLESS BASTARDS!! You have no idea what that tree meant to us! [>(] HA! The joke is on you! The state of Maryland has a field full of [b]clones[/b] of that beloved tree, and dammit, there will be tons of 'em in 400 years! HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES?
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 9:34:54 AM EDT
I guess they got wood in Maryland.
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 11:22:14 AM EDT
Originally Posted By stubbs: [In my best Chris Farley voice]...YOU HEARTLESS BASTARDS!! You have no idea what that tree meant to us! [>(] HA! The joke is on you! The state of Maryland has a field full of [b]clones[/b] of that beloved tree, and dammit, there will be tons of 'em in 400 years! HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES?
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You mean "acorns". The tree is now the symbol of rot and corruption in Maryland. Fitting.
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 9:02:50 PM EDT
I thought this might have been a post about al gore...
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 9:25:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER: Gov. Parris Glendening - [b]D[/b] Maryland
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I'm not sure I understand this emphasis, 1GUN'. Explain when you can, please.
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 9:31:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By IMHO:
Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER: Gov. Parris Glendening - [b]D[/b] Maryland
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I'm not sure I understand this emphasis, 1GUN'. Explain when you can, please.
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Just merely pointing out his political affiliation. Ban thunderstorms; it's for the trees.
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