300-year-old oak tree at Eastern Illinois University to be cut down

CHARLESTON - A bur oak tree, estimated to be nearly three centuries old, on the Eastern Illinois University campus will be cut down after part of it broke away.

On Friday, Director of facilities planning Tim Zimmer said that his department planned to take the tree down, as it is no longer considered safe.

The tree is located just east of the university's Old Main administration building, and has a trunk that measures 61 inches across.  Parts of the tree have been dead for a while, and campus officials say the tree's decline likely started after a 2002 lightning strike.

However, Zimmer said nearly 30 saplings grown from the tree's acorns are still growing on campus.

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