Basking Ridge Presbyterian oak,gone but not forgotten

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Basking Ridge Presbyterian oak,gone but not forgotten

Post by tclikesbigtrees » Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:44 pm

After hearing that the great oak was dying, I had gone to see it last August. This past Thursday, my son and I headed up to north Jersey for something other than big trees. Since we would be going by the area, I decided to take a quick detour to Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church. Fearing the worst, I headed to the church. As I was pulling up to the church, I could see a big open space by the church. It was gone! The huge oak that had been there for so many years was gone, nothing left but a big stump. I am glad that I had been able to see it in the past in all of its glory, now just a memory. Things die, but when something like that is around, you expect it to be around forever.
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Re: Basking Ridge Presbyterian oak,gone but not forgotten

Post by tclikesbigtrees » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:30 pm

What! No comments about the demise of the great oak.

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Re: Basking Ridge Presbyterian oak,gone but not forgotten

Post by Rand » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:13 pm

It's just too sad for words... Kinda like one of my haunts when I was your age finally got logged last year.

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Post by Don » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:48 pm

Being a Westerner, I was hoping to see the "Before" picture...
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Post by John Harvey » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:14 pm

It was a great tree. I had only visited once a couple month before I left Jersey. I'm glad I went up to see it.
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Re: Basking Ridge Presbyterian oak,gone but not forgotten

Post by tclikesbigtrees » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:02 pm

To Don, here are a couple 'before' pictures. The first is from a few years ago. The second is from last year when it was noticeably dying.
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Re: Basking Ridge Presbyterian oak,gone but not forgotten

Post by Will Blozan » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:37 am

Sad to see such a tree go... I read somewhere the ring count was considerably less than the oft-touted 600 year old tree.

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Re: Basking Ridge Presbyterian oak,gone but not forgotten

Post by Joe » Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:46 am

Rand wrote:It's just too sad for words... Kinda like one of my haunts when I was your age finally got logged last year.
Rand, just curious, but was it just "logged"- in a bad way, or was it a harvest nicely managed by a forester, so it won't look too bad? Sometimes, not often, but sometimes, good logging will make a forest look even better- not of course, if it's an old growth forest, but a 2nd growth.

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Post by John Harvey » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:22 am

Will, I believe David Burg took a ring count and it was somewhere around 360-380.
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Re: Basking Ridge Presbyterian oak,gone but not forgotten

Post by Larry Tucei » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:49 am

Sad to see it go but like us all nothing lives forever. Good to see a photo of before the tree was cut. I've seen it all to often when you make a connection with a tree and then its gone. It hurts! Larry

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