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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 St. Joe Oak

The St. Joe Oak

Finding Venerable Trees

(p.5) 1 The St. Joe Oak
Venerable Trees

Tom Kimmerer

University Press of Kentucky

The St. Joe Oak is a huge bur oak that stands alone in the middle of a parking structure, saved from destruction by citizen activism. The huge old trees of the Bluegrass are disappearing, victims of age, poor management, and development. By one estimate, more than 90 percent of the bur oaks of Fayette County have disappeared in the last sixty years. There are still more ancient trees in the Bluegrass than in any other settled area of North America; the Bluegrass contains thousands of trees that are older than Kentucky or the United States.

Keywords:   bur oak, woodland pasture, ancient trees, citizen action, tree conservation

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