|Forum topic by rance||posted 07-03-2012 03:33 PM||1437 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
07-03-2012 03:33 PM
Maybe someone closer than I could make some good use of this. Here’s an excerpt:
DUMFRIES, Va. —
The white oak tree, dubbed the Four Seasons Liberty Oak, which stood atop a hill in the Four Seasons housing development near Montclair was uprooted by strong winds in the storm.
The tree, estimated to be over 200 years old, was listed on the county’s champion tree registry, designating it as the oldest tree of its kind in the county.
It stood 107 feet tall, about the size of a 10-story building, and had a circumference of 192 inches, according to county records.
Saturday afternoon residents of Four Seasons gathered around the massive tree, cameras in hand, to get a look at the toppled giant.
“It’s a shame,” said Nancy Greiggs, “It was a beautiful tree.”
Four Seasons resident David Lavine said he heard the tree fall over during the storm.
“It was an astounding ‘bam’,” he said.
John Jackson said he hopes the homeowner’s association will make good use of the oak.
“It would be a beautiful table,” he said.
The tree did not damage any houses in the community, which the residents said amounted to a stroke of luck. Had the tree fallen in the opposite direction it would have struck a house.
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