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Venerable TreesHistory, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass$
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Tom Kimmerer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165660

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165660.001.0001

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The Old Schoolhouse Oak

The Old Schoolhouse Oak

Extending the Lives of Old Trees

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Venerable Trees

Tom Kimmerer

University Press of Kentucky

The threatened loss of a venerable tree can provoke anger and action in people. One such tree is the Old Schoolhouse Oak. After being threatened with destruction by development in 2008, the tree was saved by citizen action, extensive news coverage, and a commitment to good care on the part of the developer. This kind of community involvement is critical to the future of our venerable trees. Many trees are removed without any community involvement or rational decision-making process. Once the decision is made to keep a tree, it can’t be forgotten or neglected. A written management plan is an important component of tree preservation. A tree has to be given adequate space and kept free of soil compaction and competition for light.

Keywords:   development, bur oak, venerable trees, citizen involvement, management plan

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