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Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow”

Television news helicopters hovered over the scene about 30 miles west of NY.

It's the end of the line for a 600-year-old white oak tree in New Jersey that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation.

But despite six centuries of staying power, the tree was declared dead past year, the apparent victim, the New York Times has said, of old age and some volatile weather.

It will take a few days to cut down the tree, which is 18 feet around and has a branch spread of roughly 150 feet wide. They were due to return to the church Tuesday - weather permitting - to continue the process, which is expected to be completed by Wednesday. It's located on Oak Street next to the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, which was founded in 1717.

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A dying oak tree where the first U.S. president, George Washington, picnicked during the American Revolution was cut down on Monday, April 24.

The community is finding solace in the fact that the tree's legacy will live on because another white oak was planted using acorns from the old tree was planted elsewhere on the church's property.

But on Monday, the tree - believed to be among the oldest in the nation - took its final bow in the church graveyard that it's called home for 600 years. Arborists determined it wouldn't be able to withstand many more harsh winters or spring storms.

But before dying, the tree gave back to the town that loves it.

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"I was close to tears this morning", Kris Emmitt, a member of the church's ruling elders, told NJ.com earlier this month.

"All my children went to Tree House [the preschool on church property]", said nearby resident Lisa Dudzik. "We've been blessed to have it here".

Basking Ridge, N.J. says goodbye to.

Crews are due at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Bernards on Monday to start removing the 600-year-old tree. They note that several factors — including droughts, intensive wildfires and invasive insects — can greatly harm trees, which become more susceptible to damage as they age.

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A symbolic white oak tree that stood even before Christopher Columbus set foot in the United States has been cut down.



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