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The tree that owns itself

 
 
Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 04:41 pm
The tree that owns itself
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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b0/Treethatownsitself.jpg/350px-Treethatownsitself.jpg
The Tree That Owns Itself is a white oak tree, widely assumed to have legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet (2.4 m) of its base. The tree is located at the corner of Finley and Dearing Streets in Athens, Georgia, USA.
 
littlek
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 06:22 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Been there. Mused at it, didn't really get it, noticed the cracks in the retaining wall and never returned.
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 06:33 pm
If it can't afford an attorney, sooner or later, its a stump...
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 06:33 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Hmm. I bet the roots go way past that eight feet..
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 06:35 pm
@ossobuco,
Not sure if white oaks are treated with the same care as california live oaks, re care regarding the roots.
Diane
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:30 pm
I love the idea of a tree owning itself. Too bad many more don't have that kind of protection.

One of my ideas of what to do with my body after my death includes cremation, which is probably what will happen, but also to be buried under a tree, providing nourishment and something of my spirit. But how awful if the tree got cut down to make room for a housing development!

There are a few 'graveyards' that provide treeside burial in a spot that will always be protected.

Some dratted developer will likely find a way around the restrictions and put up a development anyway. Damn.

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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:50 pm
@ossobuco,
I guess I should explain what I'm getting at about roots..

We entirely rerouted a long drive to a hotel site to avoid putting it over the oaks' root areas (much less at the level the engineers first had it at.) In the case of california live oaks that's important as they're very shallow rooted and picky about nutrients. So, if that were a CA live oak, the paving would be a problem, and the tree wouldn't really be owning all of itself.

I suspect though that's not true, or not as true, of the white oak.
littlek
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:53 pm
@ossobuco,
I think I thought the same sort of things as I stood there and looked at it. Tree roots are generally considered to reach out to the width of the crown of the tree. This tree's crown reached out to at least the outside edges of the road that surrounds it.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:57 pm
@littlek,
agreed, in my own obscure way...

Love trees, don't trust lawyers much.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 08:11 pm
@littlek,
and sometimes way past the crown. I don't want to go looking up some drawings, just got my computer back in working order after it crashed upon addition of some updates. (Learn something new yet again, it was the disk permissions or somesuch).
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Diane
 
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Reply Thu 11 Sep, 2008 10:19 pm
Well f*ck it all, I just love the idea of a tree owning itself.
littlek
 
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Reply Fri 12 Sep, 2008 09:32 pm
@Diane,
<biggrin>
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