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Ancient Peoria Tree Hurt By Winds

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:08:06 CDT
By: AP

Peoria Park officials had to remove two massive limbs from a landmark burr oak after the tree was damaged by high winds. About 30 percent of the tree's limbs were severely damaged by winds that reached 60 mph last week. The Peoria tree dates back to the turn of the 16th century and preservation efforts have been in place since the mid-1800's. Mike Baietto is Peoria's superintendent of parks. He says officials are "hoping and praying" the tree survives, but likely won't know if that's the case for another few years. Meanwhile, the removed limbs are being stockpiled until the city decides the best use for the wood. Baietto says the city may sell it to artists or residents.

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