SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge ordered a couple to pay nearly $600,000 for uprooting a 180-year-old oak tree that later died and causing other damage to a protected property about an...
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Southern Indiana authorities say residents inside two homes were lucky they escaped injury when a towering oak tree toppled onto both homes.
Florida baby hurt after tree falls on home during storm
LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) — A baby has been injured after an oak tree fell on a Florida home during a strong storm, crashing through the ceiling where she slept.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A lawyer for a contractor blamed for mistakenly cutting down an oak tree planted for the nation's bicentennial in southwestern Indiana says the company was following...
Future of Maine’s oak trees on agenda of green expo
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The future of Maine's oak trees and hemp program are on the agenda for a state horticultural exposition.
The Grow Maine Green Expo will take place Wednesday at the Civic Center in Augusta.
Maine's state forest pathologist and forest entomologist are both set to lead a seminar about the significant threat of oak wilt disease to Maine's oak resources.
Crew mistakenly fells tree planted for 1976 bicentennial
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Evansville officials say a tree-cutting crew mistakenly felled an oak tree planted for the nation's bicentennial.
The 42-year-old tree was recently cut down by a contractor in Evansville's downtown across from the Old National Events Plaza, leaving behind a plaque stating that it was planted in December 1976 in honor of the nation's 200th birthday.
Groups try to save historic tree from removal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Environmentalists and residents are trying to stop developers from cutting down an estimated 300-year-old tree in Pennsylvania.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports technology firm Susquehanna International Group (SIG) is proposing cutting down the oak tree in Lower Merion Township as part of its plans for a new office building.
EXCHANGE: Old oak turned into guitar auctioned for charity
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — It lived for 250 years as part of a stately oak in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge. Then it survived a fire in Oswego.
Now it's been auctioned, as a guitar, not some sorry slab of wood, in Naperville.
The piece in question is the DeMont Verb, a handmade guitar fashioned by Nate DeMont and his employees at DeMont Guitars in Oswego, using wood from the historic Hobson Oak tree.
Historic Crumpecker Hill tree cut down
PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — An unusual tree once featured by "Ripley's Believe It or Not" and saved for years by a public outcry and petitions when new highway construction threatened it was cut down recently after tests showed that it was dead and a safety hazard.
300-year-old oak branch crushes vehicles in California
PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (AP) — Sections of a massive oak tree estimated to be at least 300 years old crashed down and damaged seven parked cars in a San Francisco Bay Area city.
Residents in Pleasant Hill, California, are now asking who's responsible for the damage.
Oak-killing fungus spreads to more places in New York
SOUTH BRISTOL, N.Y. (AP) — A devastating fungus that kills oak trees has been found in an eighth location in New York state.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says oak wilt has been found in the Ontario County town of South Bristol. It's the second location the disease has been found in Ontario County. There was a 2016 outbreak in Canandaigua, a few miles north of the new site.
Big oak tree branch narrowly misses mom, boy in parking lot
APOPKA, Fla. (AP) — Crews are removing a large oak tree branch that fell in a Florida shopping center's parking lot, narrowly missing a woman who was putting her 4-year-old child in his car seat.
The branch fell across three parked cars on Sunday afternoon at the Wekiva Riverwalk in Apopka, which is near Orlando.
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — A towering oak tree has been cut down in western Illinois after a huge branch fell and killed two men watching a fireworks show.
Sixty-one-year-old Daniel Mendoza Sr. of Rock Island and 72-year-old Lawrence Anderson of Moline were killed July 3 outside the county courthouse in Rock Island.
Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos gave part of the tree to family members Saturday. He says the tree was considered dangerous after the deaths and needed to come down.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A forester in Pennsylvania says he's discovered a massive red oak tree that may be one of the state's biggest trees.
Pennsylvania Forest Management's Tom McQuaide is in the process of submitting the tree's measurements for inclusion in the Champion Trees of Pennsylvania, a registry of the state's largest trees.
McQuaide says the red oak has a circumference of about 26 feet (8 meters) and a height of about 120 feet (37 meters). Officials say the tree could be 400 years old.
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a tree branch that fell on spectators, killing two, at a western Illinois fireworks display (all times local):
A western Illinois sheriff says the branch that fell on spectators during a fireworks display, killing two, measured more than 8-feet (2.5 meters) around at its base and was about 45 feet (14 meters) long.
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A popular disc golf course in western Michigan will remain closed indefinitely until city officials can devise a plan to prevent the possible spread of a disease that kills oak trees.
D'IBERVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A massive live oak tree that stood for seven centuries has split, sending around four tons (3,630 kilograms) of wood toppling onto a family home in Mississippi.
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PARIS (AP) — The French president's office says there's nothing mysterious about the disappearance of an oak tree he planted on the White House lawn.
It was put in quarantine, like other plants or animals brought into U.S. territory.
The sapling was a gift from French President Emmanuel Macron for his state visit to U.S. President Donald Trump last week.
White House mystery: Where is Macron’s gifted oak tree?
WASHINGTON (AP) — A mystery is brewing at the White House about what happened to the oak tree President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron planted there last week.
The sapling was a gift from Macron on the occasion of his state visit.
News photographers snapped away Monday when Trump and Macron shoveled dirt onto the tree during a ceremonial planting on the South Lawn. By the end of the week, the tree was gone from the lawn. A pale patch of grass was left in its place.
LONDON (AP) — Residents in London are being told to beware the white-haired caterpillars that can cause rashes, vomiting and asthma attacks.
The British Forestry Commission says caterpillars that become oak processionary moths have been spotted in and around the British capital since mid-April.
The caterpillars are covered in thousands of hairs containing the protein thaumetopoein, which can cause skin rashes, sore throats, breathing difficulties and eye problems.
Lakewood takes down iconic 200-year-old Moses Cleaveland tree
LAKEWOOD, Ohio – Shortly after 9 a.m. today, a logging crew began the task of taking down an iconic white oak tree that has towered overhead for more than 200 years.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State entomologists say it's time for Maine property owners to remove a species of invasive caterpillar from trees where they can be reached.
The state has worked to control the spread of browntail moth caterpillars, which cause a rash that resembles poison ivy. The caterpillars spend winter webbed in leaves on oak and apple trees.
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Major tree pruning to do? Now is the time.
The leaves have fallen, so it’s easier to see where to make the right cuts. What’s more, the leafless branches are lighter in weight and easier to handle, thus decreasing the potential for damage.
The ground is frozen and the perennials beneath the trees are sleeping, so there’s easier access with less chance of harming surrounding plants.
Pruning is less stressful to a tree when it’s dormant, and the wounds have time to heal before new growth begins.
Lethal oak tree fungus found in more places in New York
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A devastating fungus disease that kills oak trees has been found again in Schenectady County, where it first appeared nine years ago.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says oak wilt has been found in a suburban neighborhood and the Sanders nature preserve in the town of Glenville. The disease made its first appearance in New York in 2008 in another Glenville neighborhood, prompting removal of about 100 trees to prevent its spread.
Putting it back: Holy Wisdom Monastery restoring rare landscape with horse-powered help
TOWN OF WESTPORT — Rosebud and Duchess seemed anxious to get to work as they heard trees being felled on a recent misty November morning.
The pair of harnessed American Suffolk horses would soon be hauling timber out of a wooded area near Lake Mendota. The work, which recalled an earlier era when land was cleared by muscle alone, also seeks to turn the clock back on this parcel of land to oak savanna, now one of the rarest ecological environments in America.
Residents fought to preserve chopped down oak trees
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The gnarled live oak tree had stood for close to 200 years, Brent James figures - through hurricanes, nor'easters and whatever else nature could bring.
It came down along with 7 acres of its neighbors to make way for a development of 40 homes south of East Ocean View Avenue.
The houses aren't news. The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority announced the plans in 2014.
Tree at center of dispute between Gulfport, business owner
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A 200-year-old live oak tree is at the center of a dispute between a daycare owner, the City of Gulfport and residents over whether the tree should stay or go.
Kid Academy owner Matt Dickens tells WLOX-TV he wants to expand his business and was willing to include the tree in his plans. But he says that's changed because the tree — according to two arborists — is dying.
Michigan groups team up to fight deadly oak tree disease
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Private, nonprofit and governmental organizations are teaming up to fight a deadly fungus endangering Michigan's oak trees.
The Oak Wilt Coalition's goal is to boost public awareness of oak wilt disease.
Baby, 2 women among 13 killed by tree on Portuguese island
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A 12-month-old baby and two foreign women were among the 13 people killed when a huge oak tree crashed down on an outdoor religious festival in Portugal's Madeira Islands, authorities said Wednesday.
The foreigners killed in Tuesday's accident were a 42-year-old French woman and a 31-year-old Hungarian woman, Miguel Reis, a local health official, told a news conference. Their names weren't provided.
13 killed when huge tree crashes down on Portuguese festival
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A huge oak tree crashed down on a popular religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira Tuesday, killing 13 people and injuring 49 others, officials said.
The tree fell while a large crowd was gathered near the island's capital of Funchal as part of the Nossa Senhora do Monte festival. It's Madeira's biggest annual festivity and was being held Monday and Tuesday, drawing large crowds to a church on Funchal's outskirts.
LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — Officials at a Mississippi university say they're trying to save a live oak tree that's more than 500 years old but has been damaged over time.
The Sun Herald reports that a large branch is partially separated from the tree, known as the Friendship Oak, on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Officials in Georgia's oldest city say a construction contractor fatally injured a century-old live oak tree, and they're demanding $37,000 for the damage.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials say they are taking aggressive steps to fight the spread of a devastating fungus that kills oak trees.
Oak wilt has been found on trees in different parts of the state since it was first spotted in 2008 in the Albany area.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nearly 1,000 Iowa residents have contacted a state agency about sickly oak tree leaves, which officials say were likely caused by farm chemicals and made worse by weather fluctuations.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources district forester Mark Vitosh told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/2rEGmyw ) that little can be done to prevent the deterioration of the oak leaves besides stopping the use of herbicides.
When Greg Guirard visited from Louisiana, he insisted on doing a chore before he ate a meal. Never mind he'd driven eight hours to get here. One visit, he cleared privet from the edge of the woods along my drive. Another time, he sanded a cypress board he'd salvaged from the swamp bottom and brought as a gift. Once, he arrived with a small live oak tree from his land on the western edge of the Atchafalaya Basin in St. Martin Parish. He planted it in my North Mississippi yard. I'd never seen a...
CHICAGO (AP) — Scientists, foresters, naturalists and environmental organizations in the Upper Midwest have started efforts to rehabilitate what remains of bur and white oak tree savanna ecosystems and woodlands.
The push has gained enough momentum in Illinois that it's expanding from forest preserves and state parks toward private lands, the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2r8w5uu) reported.
An iconic 200-year-old Burr Oak tree — synonymous with Wollersheim Winery and Distillery — suffered major damage when it fell over the weekend of May 20.
Wollersheim’s Julie Coquard said the winery has brought in a specialist to assess the damage and to see if the tree can be saved.
THONOTOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — Twenty-five yoga enthusiasts spread their mats and prepared for a Saturday morning class under oak trees.
Then 14 goats joined them for Goat Yoga, where the instructor's directions were sometimes drowned out by "baas" from the animals and laughter from attendees getting nuzzled by goats.
BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) — Remnants of a 600-year-old white oak tree in New Jersey that was believed to be among the oldest in the nation will become furniture.
The trunk and limbs removed last week from the grounds of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Bernards were delivered Tuesday to Pollaro Custom Furniture in Hillside.
600-year-old tree that witnessed history taken down
BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) — Memories are all that remain of a 600-year-old white oak tree that was believed to be among the oldest of its kind in the nation.
Workers on Wednesday finished removing the tree from the grounds of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Bernards. About 50 people clapped and cheered and the church's bells rang as the tree's large stump was pulled out.
The tree was declared dead after it began showing rot and weakness during the last couple of years.
The Last Days of a 600-Yr-Old Tree
BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) — The final sections of a 600-year-old white oak tree that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation were taken down Wednesday at a New Jersey church.
Roughly 50 people were on hand at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Bernards as the work was completed, and many of them clapped and cheered as the tree's large stump was pulled out and the church's bells rang. It was later chained down on a large flatbed truck, which was taking it to an undisclosed location.
Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow
BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) — A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history.
Final Bow for Beloved 600-Year-Old Tree
The Latest: Crews start taking down 600-year-old tree
BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the removal of a 600-year-old tree where George Washington once had a picnic. (all times local):
Workers have started taking down a 600-year-old white oak tree in New Jersey that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation.
Crews started the task Monday at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Bernards. It's expected to take two to three days to complete.
BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) — For hundreds of years, an imposing white oak tree has watched over a New Jersey community and a church, providing protection from the blazing summer sun, serving as a scenic backdrop for thousands of photos and — according to legend — was a picnic site for George Washington.
Officials seek public’s help to prevent oak wilt disease
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials are seeking the public's help in preventing the spread of a disease that kills oak trees.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says April 15 marked the beginning of the yearly period when oak wilt can be transmitted from diseased to healthy red oaks.
Forest health program specialist Roger Mech says red oaks often die within a few weeks after becoming infected.
Oak tree in ‘Shawshank Redemption’ cut up, hauled away
MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — What remained of a 200-year-old oak tree made famous by the movie "Shawshank Redemption" has been cut up and hauled away by an owner of the north-central Ohio property.
The Mansfield News-Journal reports (http://ohne.ws/2ohFpuC ) Dan Dees said last week he plans to use some of the wood to make a table. The tree was rotted in the middle when high winds knocked down a portion in 2011. It was further damaged during a storm last July.