POSTED: Monday, August 8, 2011 - 2:27pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 3:56pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — LSU is known for its historic oak trees. One, however, is being removed today after it was struck by lightning.
The Steele Burden Oak has been growing on LSU’s campus for 80 years. Back in May 2011, the tree was hit by lightning. Arborists tried to save it, but the tree died. Now, crews are working to remove the tree from campus.
“We did everything we could to save it, but the intensity of this lightning strike was too much for the tree to recover from,” said Fred Fellner, assistant director of landscape services at the LSU Office of Facility Services.
LSU officials say it's a process that will take several days. Acorn-propagated saplings have been grown from the tree and are holding up successfully. In addition to the more traditionally-grown trees, Facility Services has contracted with a nursery to clone genetically-identical saplings from cuttings taken from limbs of the Steele Burden oak. Salvaged pieces of wood are also being preserved and saved for future use.
There are over 1200 live oak trees all over LSU's campus.