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My Champion Tree is Dying..It's Dead...New One!
« on: July 06, 2012, 09:24:22 AM »
My Champion Tree is a Cherrybark Oak and is about 78" diameter.  This old Red Oak has seen many workers pass by during it's easily 100 year reign.
 

 
Yup, the main stem has dropped it's leaves.  Chances are that it actually died toward the end of last year and I did not notice it because the smaller branch ends are now falling.
 

 
The old trunk has many battle scars from loosing lower limbs.   :-\
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2012, 09:31:04 AM »
That would be a shame. :'( We'll hope for the best.
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Re: My Champion Tree is Dying
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2012, 09:35:12 AM »
Seems lkie the last number of years we are losing alot of old oak trees,good for my bussiness but still hate to lose such stately trees
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Re: My Champion Tree is Dying
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2012, 11:50:47 AM »
This Cherrybark Oak is only a couple of inches smaller.
 

 
The tree is in the background.  (Not to be confused with Fishpharmer !)   :D :D
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2012, 12:15:56 PM »
IF (big "if") you take it down, what will you make with some of that wood, Lynn?
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2012, 12:16:34 PM »
You hate to see it happen, but time waits for no man or tree.

I lost a champion sassafrass a few years back.  I swore I would salvage it and recover the lumber.  It is on the back ridge close to the regen opening.  Unfortunately it also sits in the middle of a very productive shroom patch so I have not taken it done.  May be too dangerous to drop it now.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2012, 01:42:11 PM »
As of now, I have no intention of trying to salvage any of it.  Certainly not remove a live limb which just might accelerate it's demise.  Time will tell.  Under no circumstances would I ever consider felling it.
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Re: My Champion Tree is Dying
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2012, 01:55:57 PM »
Everything dies eventually, be it old age or some other factory. Its a shame when it happens. Have some large hemlock trees around here that are slowly dieing off.

But on a positive note there's half a winters firewood in that puppy.  8)

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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2012, 03:08:25 PM »
Try that new axe on it.
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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2012, 03:14:17 PM »
I was gonna axe someone if maybe I could chop away the decay  ???   ;D
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Re: My Champion Tree is Dying
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2012, 09:32:52 PM »
That's a shame.
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Re: My Champion Tree is Dying
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2012, 07:44:21 AM »
It's shame,we're loosing a lot of older hard maples here.People in town want them saved,but what can you do with 175-225 yr old trees.Most have 4"-6" of live cambim and the inside is rotten.
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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2012, 11:45:15 PM »
To bad MM. There has been a lot of stories told under and about that tree. I believe theres still more to be told. I believe this is her. She has to have something made from her when the time comes for her to live on. bg

  

  

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« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2012, 04:16:24 AM »
We're seeing a lot of mixed speicies and seems like Red Cedar hit the hardest here where I live on the west coast, We are getting hammered with Chinese acid rain from their coal use aswell as whatever else they can through in, sure don't see Al Gore worring about it he's to busy de-poluting us.
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Re: My Champion Tree is Dying
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2012, 04:53:14 PM »
Bill, I was wondering who took that picture and what it measured. 

That put it at 74" diameter.   ;)
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« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2012, 09:56:03 PM »
That is the biggest oak that I had ever seen. She may not ever grow another inch by the tape measure but she can give us all a history lesson. If the  time comes you or your son should make some kind of memento out of it for the cabin with a few details about it so your grandkids and theres can see what you have seen. Also a picture of it on the wall. You never know who may like how old and big that old tree was and where it grew. Have a good week sawing. bg

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Re: My Champion Tree is Dying
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2013, 09:54:48 AM »
  My old Champion is steadily loosing dead limbs and in a few years will only be a snag.  I am unwilling to remove a limb to be sawn because that will only hasten it's demise.  :-\  Since it is a "pasture" tree, letting it die is a decision that I can live with.

On the bright side though, there are still a couple of rather healthy limbs that are being fed by the roots on the opposite side from the huge burl/canker.  :)  The old Champion is dying, but it ain't dead yet.
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« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2013, 12:06:18 PM »
I wouldn't call this a champion tree, but it makes a good tree stand :)

  

 

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« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2013, 12:14:22 PM »
    Magicman, how old might that tree be, and how long will it stand as a snag or wildlife tree after it dies?

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« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2013, 04:56:34 PM »
I would say that it is easily 150 years old.  When the roots that are holding them up finally die, they usually fall within a couple of years at best.  There is just so much weight up there that a good wind could tip it over.  If it is overbalanced, then it could go anytime.  When it falls, maybe I can salvage at least a limb because it would be nice to have a lamp or something made from it.

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