Saturday, June 08, 2002

wye oak suggestions solicited

The nation's largest white oak fell in a thunderstorm on Thursday. The tree had become one of Maryland's most treasured symbols, having survived for over 460 years. The State of Maryland is asking for suggestions on what should be done with the nearly 200 tons of lumber from the Wye Oak. In 1953, a large branch was blown off the tree during a storm, and it was carved into gavels for state judges. An effort is being made to try to clone the tree to preserve it for future generations.

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