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    Gigantic tree

    I was wandering around the new property with my boys and wife when we came upon this.

    Based on the bark I believe it to be a Bur Oak. I didn't have a tape to measure it, but I would estimate the diameter to be about 5' across, which would put the age of this tree at approximately 390 years.

    Holy crap what a find. I intend to clear out all of the smaller trees and do anything I can to keep this ancient specimen alive and healthy.
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    that is indeed a nice fine. i would do all i could to save that tree also.
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    To think that this tree could have been a sapling when the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. It's unreal
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    As every woodsman who's entered my property in conjunction with my harvest underway has said: Big oaks don't respond well to being "released."

    That tree doesn't have the viggor of a younger tree. When you release it, it's like asking your Gramps to go from 3 naps a day and in bed by 8, to power lifting in one shot. What do you think would happen to Gramps? Yep, the trees croak too.

    You can thin some of the competition, but I'd do it over the course of several winters.
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    Yeah you have to be careful doing what you want to do. It is a real beauty.
    For one it opens that biggun up for a singular lightning rod, and for another the trees around it might take some of the snow load and wind load from it.
    I see it also has a giant lower branch. We had a 300 year old white oak not far from here. It was a glorious tree but had a giant branch like that. One year that branch broke off. The tree went downhill after that and eventually died about 10 years ago.
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    Big tree registry

    I agree that you might do more harm than good by "releasing" a tree that old. At the very least, make changes over years, not days and avoid using any equipment around the roots.

    Check out the Michigan big tree registry to see where it stands with other big trees. You might have a winner! Michigan Big Tree Program — The Michigan Botanical Club

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    We had a big oak that size. Had is the operative word here. It was all by itself. Big lighting storm came through and yep, it got hit. Split the oak right down the middle from the top to within 5' from the ground. I could see right through the middle of that majestic tree. One side died and the other side kept living but the whole tree had to come down. It was my shade tree where there was no other shade. While mowing in the heat it would be 5 or 10 degrees different between the sun and the shade. Hated to see it go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    We had a big oak that size. Had is the operative word here. It was all by itself. Big lighting storm came through and yep, it got hit. Split the oak right down the middle from the top to within 5' from the ground. I could see right through the middle of that majestic tree. One side died and the other side kept living but the whole tree had to come down. It was my shade tree where there was no other shade. While mowing in the heat it would be 5 or 10 degrees different between the sun and the shade. Hated to see it go.
    But then you made a baseball bat out of it and won the world series, right?
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    And that's why I posted this here......Good points about not disturbing it too much.

    Of course I realize that trees DO have a finite life......so along that line - anyone have any idea what a tree like this might actually be worth to sell should it have to come down? It's actually in an area that would be fairly accessible for logging equipment.

    Assuming the insides aren't hollowed out it's got to be some desirable wood.

    There are a number of other large oaks (both standing and fallen) on the property as well, but I know it was all logged about 40 years ago so they obviously left a few granddads standing when they cleared it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sstlaure View Post
    And that's why I posted this here......Good points about not disturbing it too much.

    Of course I realize that trees DO have a finite life......so along that line - anyone have any idea what a tree like this might actually be worth to sell should it have to come down? It's actually in an area that would be fairly accessible for logging equipment.

    Assuming the insides aren't hollowed out it's got to be some desirable wood.

    There are a number of other large oaks (both standing and fallen) on the property as well, but I know it was all logged about 40 years ago so they obviously left a few granddads standing when they cleared it out.

    I am by far, not an expert. But some friends up the road logged their woods last year. It hadn't been touched in at least 50 years. The loggers left all the big trees like your's as they said the trunks weren't straight enough and all the big branches coming off the main trunk wouldn't yield enough desirable wood. They seemed to cut younger stuff that was straighter and had more higher canopy branches, but still had a good trunk diameter. Jim Timber, Treefarmer, CADplans.......does all of that sound right to you?
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