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Age of White Oak Tree

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From: bill werner
springfield, IL
i live in springfield illinois using the formula our white oak is over 240 years old just wondering what kind of care it needs appears to be healthy even after lightning strikes is it old enough to be on the register thank you bill werner 1242 maurice werner drive springfield illinois 62707 217 6226912

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Bill:

I'm not sure which formula you are using to estimate age, but the only recognized ways to establish tree age are (1) Knowing the age of the tree when established or planted, (2) Using an increment bore to "estimate" tree age, or (3) Cutting the tree down and counting the annual growth rings.

Sorry, but the Illinois Big Tree Register only recognizes the largest native tree species here in the state -- we don't have a register that recognizes the oldest trees. Such a register would be nice, but we simply do not have the resources to handle that daunting task.

Thanks for your inquiry and happy big tree hunting!

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