Now we are losing the President’s Tree. Sad but it sounds like it has to go. Even Einstein can't figure out how to keep it.
300-year-old oak tree at UW-Madison to be felledhttp://www.channel3000.com/news/300year ... d/30314534
"It’s known as the President’s Tree, an old burr oak named for its proximity to a building that once housed the university’s presidents. At 300 years old, it’s the oldest tree on campus...
“I do like to think about what this tree has witnessed over the last 300 years,” said Daniel Einstein, a historic and cultural manager with the Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture Department.
Throughout its life, burr oak has seen the history of campus unfold. It’s watched settlers come and go, and it saw scenes from the Civil War. Recently, it has also seen a decline. “We just don’t feel it’s safe any longer,” Einstein said. “Quite a bit of the interior trunk has decayed away. The top of the tree has already been severely pruned back to remove the dead branches. It's just time.”